- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 4, 2001

ST. LOUIS Two of the Washington Capitals' offensive stars, right wing Jaromir Jagr and center Adam Oates, did not make the first leg of this abbreviated road swing, and it is uncertain if they will be available for Tuesday night's game in Toronto.
Jagr aggravated a strained right knee during overtime of Friday night's 2-2 tie against Phoenix and did not finish the game. Oates, who has been hobbled with a bruised left ankle that occurred Oct. 26 in Atlanta, was a surprise scratch Friday night and was left in Washington.
"Jaromir is day-to-day, and the plan is for him to meet the team in Toronto and practice Monday and we'll see how it is," general manager George McPhee said yesterday. The wing was injured when he was checked into the boards and his knees buckled, aggravating an injury suffered Oct. 10 that that has been slow to heal.
McPhee also listed Oates as "day-to-day. I'm not sure how [bad] his injury is. We'll see how he is after the weekend."
Oates participated in the pregame skate and appeared normal but was scratched for the game.
The loss of Jagr and Oates brings to three the number of key Caps who are out with injuries. Left wing Steve Konowalchuk, a critical defensive component, has had shoulder surgery and will not be available until late February at the earliest.
Dave Fay

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