The team will find out if Panik will clear waivers Thursday at noon.
If he is not claimed by another team, the move gives Washington the option to put Panik on the taxi squad for some needed salary cap relief. If Panik clears and is placed on the taxi squad, the Capitals would be able to clear up $1.075 million of his salary cap hit.
Panik came out of the lineup for two games with Lars Ellers’ return on March 30, after the center missed seven games with a lower-body injury. He was back in the lineup when Jakub Vrana was a healthy scratch for two games against New Jersey at the Prudential Center over the weekend, but Vrana slotted back in Tuesday against the Islanders.
The Capitals’ (25-10-4) next game is Thursday at Capital One Arena against the Boston Bruins. Washington is tied atop the East Division with the Islanders (25-10-4).