- The Washington Times - Friday, March 5, 2004

Seen and heard last night at Madison Square Garden in New York:

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER NEWCOMER — Washington picked left wing Craig Johnson off waivers from Toronto yesterday after acquiring defenseman Shaone Morrisonn from Boston on Wednesday and claiming defenseman Brad Norton off waivers from Los Angeles on Thursday. Johnson, who turns 32 on March 18, has five points in 49 games for Anaheim and the Maple Leafs this season. Johnson played his first eight years for the Kings, scoring a career-high 38 points in 1997-1998. Johnson will join the Caps for tonight’s home game against Philadelphia.

IT HAS BEEN SUCH A LONG TIME — New York is in the midst of the NHL’s longest postseason drought. This will be New York’s seventh straight spring without playoff hockey. Atlanta, an expansion team in the fall of 1999, is the only other team that has missed the playoffs the last five years.

BACK AND FORTH — The Caps dealt Jaromir Jagr to the Rangers for Anson Carter on Jan. 23, but those two aren’t the only players to have skated for both teams. Rangers left wing Chris Simon was on Washington’s 1998 Stanley Cup finalists. Caps defenseman Jason Doig played 10 games for New York in the 2000 and 2001 seasons, and center Trent Whitfield was claimed by the Rangers off waivers from the Caps on Jan. 16, 2002, only to return via the same route 16 days later.

David Elfin

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