- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 11, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
LINDEN TRADED The Capitals traded center Trevor Linden to Vancouver with draft picks going both ways to fill out the trade.
Although Linden did not appear to be a perfect fit with the Caps, the trade was viewed as a message to players on the struggling team that other deals might be contemplated if losing ways are not reversed in a hurry.
Linden, a 14-year veteran, had played only 28 games with Washington with four goals and seven points. He was acquired from Montreal last March along with Dainius Zubrus for Richard Zednik and Jan Bulis. Linden was making $4 million this season; league sources said the Caps would pick up part of it.
Linden, 31, spent 10 seasons with the Canucks and was captain of the 1993-94 team that lost the Stanley Cup finals to the New York Rangers in seven games.
It was hoped that Linden would provide some first- or second-line scoring punch for the Caps, but that hasn't worked out. He had more than 30 goals six times but has not reached that figure since 1995-96.
In addition to Linden, the Caps gave up a second-round pick, which the Canucks can use in one of the next two drafts. The Caps get Vancouver's first-round pick in the next draft and the team's third round selection in 2003.
CHANGES IN ROSTER The Caps scratched six veterans, four of them for medical reasons. The club also recalled two more players from its Portland, Maine, farm team for a total of three in the last two days.
Out due to medical problems were defenseman Ken Klee (ribs), defenseman Calle Johansson (shoulder), left wing Steve Konowalchuk (shoulder surgery) and right wing Jaromir Jagr (right knee). Defenseman Brendan Witt was excused for personal reasons. Excused by coaching decision was right wing Dmitri Khristich, who has no goals in seven games.
Defenseman Jakub Cutta and right wing Stephen Peat were the players recalled, Peat for the third time this season. Recalled Friday was defenseman Dean Melanson, who made his first NHL appearance last night since 1994-95.
NIKO'S SOLID The Caps may be struggling at even-strength this season (they had been outscored 25-19 before the Atlanta game), but Andrei Nikolishin is not the reason. His four goals have come at even-strength and he has not been on the ice for one even-strength goal-against, the only Cap who can make that claim.
In fact, only six players in the league who have appeared in more than 10 games this season have not been on the ice for even-strength or shorthanded goals-against, and Nikolishin has the best stats of all six. He is plus-8 defensively and averages more than 17 minutes of ice time a night, more than four minutes more than his closest competitor.


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