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\ Matt Cooke spent much of his teleconference answering questions from a Vancouver-area reporter about his departure. There were clearly some issues between him and Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault, but Cooke seemed pretty happy to have a fresh start.\

\ I’ll try to check back briefly after we talk to George McPhee and Bruce Boudreau. I am also planning on consuming some food at some point today.\ \ \ UPDATE (5:28 p.m.)\ \ \ The Caps have recalled Chris Bourque, and he will be in Matt Pettinger’s place on the fourth line tonight. With Viktor Kozlov sick, the team was down to 11 forwards. Both McPhee and Boudreau said there would be a competition between the three goaltenders to decide who plays. McPhee was adamant about the Huet acquistion not absolutely meaning the end of Olie Kolzig Era in Washington. McPhee said he did not try to trade Olie, found the market for another defenseman pretty dry and he had talked to Vancouver about a Pettinger-for-Cooke swap a few times in recent weeks because both players probably needed a change of scenery.

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