As of Tuesday it was still undetermined whether Alex Ovechkin would go to Greece for the Olympic torch passing ceremony. Caps general manager George McPhee said he didn’t know if arrangements had been made to get Ovechkin to Greece on Friday night and back in Washington Sunday night in time to practice Monday and fly to Chicago for the season opener. Ovechkin has said he wants to represent Russia at the torch run but the cost to charter a round-trip flight from D.C. to Greece is close to $500000 according to one source. That could be too pricey for the Russian Olympic Committee.

Making room for Wilson: Caps GM George McPhee said he believes Tom Wilson’s cap hit would be $837000 if he makes the club’s opening night roster with some of his bonuses eligible for deferment. The Caps have $665705 in cap space and McPhee acknowledged that a player would have to be moved to make room for Wilson. The most likely candidates are center Mathieu Perreault [one year $1.05 million cap hit] and left wing Aaron Volpatti [2 years $575000 cap hit].

What about Carrick: In what was a bit of a revelation both McPhee and coach Adam Oates said it’s possible defenseman Connor Carrick could begin the season with the Caps. Carrick 19 signed a three-year deal with the Caps on Monday that carries a favorable cap hit of $636667. Unlike Wilson Carrick’s contract does not carry performance bonuses. One way for the Caps to make room for Carrick is to assign Orlov and Tomas Kundratek to the AHL Hershey Bears although Kundratek would need to pass through waivers.

Erat at center: Oates tried Marty Erat at center on Tuesday an experiment that will continue through the final three preseason games. Oates likes the way Erat distributes the puck and is viewing him as a potential third-line pivot behind Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski. Moving Erat to the middle frees up Eric Fehr to play on the left side and Joel Ward on the right. It also spells trouble for Mathieu Perreault who appears to be the odd-man out in most of Oates’ line combinations.