- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 27, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
FLYERS FREE WING The word out of Philadelphia is that the Flyers will allow left wing Ruslan Fedotenko to miss a game to play in the Olympic preliminary round for his native Ukraine. Six countries are involved in a preliminary tournament trying to secure one of two slots in the big tournament in Salt Lake City. Caps general manager George McPhee has said he won't allow any of the Caps to miss games on the team schedule to take part in the preliminary tournament. That could involve three Caps Peter Bondra, Slovakia; Olie Kolzig, Germany; and Dmitri Khristich, Ukraine.
HATCHER UPSET Derian Hatcher of the Dallas Stars was none too pleased when he was passed over for one of the final spots on the U.S. Olympic team. Hatcher played for the U.S. in the Nagano Games. Coach Herb Brooks opted for quicker defenders with better puck-moving skills for the larger ice surface.
"I can sit here and complain and say this and say that but I won't," Hatcher told the Dallas Morning News. "I didn't make the team and that's the bottom line."
OVERLOOKED Peter Bondra's goal with one second left in regulation last Saturday night was his 700th career point with the Caps, just the second player in team history to reach that level with the club. Hall of Famer Mike Gartner recorded 789 points during his 11 years with the Caps.
Dave Fay

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