- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:


WELCOME HOME Trevor Linden was greeted with open arms when he rejoined the Vancouver Canucks Saturday afternoon after being traded by the Caps. And he admits it is like going home after a long, long road trip.
"The rain and dark clouds were just what the doctor ordered," Linden told the Vancouver Sun. "I probably never would have left. I never wanted to leave. I don't know what's going to happen in the future, but I know I'm happy to be back."
Linden, a popular fixture in Vancouver for 10 years, was one of the first to go when Mike Keenan took over at the start of the 1997-98 season. That started a journey that took the center from the Canucks to the New York Islanders to Montreal and finally to Washington, where he played just 28 games. It was plain, however, that he wasn't happy, that something was missing. It turns out what he was missing was the Canucks, the team he led to the Stanley Cup finals in 1994, losing to Keenan's New York Rangers.
HERB'S SCOUTING Herb Brooks, coach of the Miracle On Ice U.S. Olympic team that won at Lake Placid in 1980, was at MCI Center checking out candidates for the 2002 team he will coach at Salt Lake City.
Two Caps had been invited to the Olympic tryout camp in early September, but one of them, left wing Steve Konowalchuk, is no longer under consideration after shoulder surgery. The remaining candidate is center Jeff Halpern, the Montgomery County native who is in his third year with Washington.
Dave Fay


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