Caps’ Alzner tries coaching to fill free time during NHL lockout

Ben Raby,

WASHINGTON – Karl Alzner will likely spend Christmas in Western Canada and be home for the holidays for the first time in eight years.

It is small consolation for the Washington Capitals defenseman who admits that he’s “extremely bored,” as the NHL lockout approaches its 90th day.

Unlike eight of his Capitals teammates who have spent at least some time playing in Europe this fall, Alzner has remained in Calgary, Alberta, with his wife Mandy and their two dogs.

He has also joined a group of about 20 players, including Caps teammate Jeff Schultz, who routinely skate and work out together four hours a day, five days a week.

“Then we head home,” Alzner said in a phone interview of his daily routine. “Or maybe do some Christmas shopping. Unfortunately we have to watch a ton of TV to pass the time

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