- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
COMING BACK? When he was healthy, nobody ever accused Dino Ciccarelli of taking a night off. He was the ultimate garbage-goal scorer rebounds, tip-ins, deflections, off his head, elbows, rump, you name it. But they all counted 608 goals in 1,232 NHL games, an even 1,200 points (112-97-209) in 223 games as a Cap.
Ciccarelli may be back, if well-placed rumors are correct. Ciccarelli attended a camp run by the Detroit Red Wings during the Olympic break in Orlando, Fla., and some who witnessed it said he looked excellent, far more agile than one would expect for a 42-year-old who retired with back problems three seasons ago.
The rumor mill suggested that Detroit would have signed him had the club had any room on its roster but that apparently was not quite accurate. While in better shape than he was in his final injury-plagued years, he was not anywhere near NHL standards, a Red Wings source said. The right wing has been working out almost daily with his Ontario Hockey League team, the Sarnia Sting, and is reported to be in good shape.
GOING BACK? Robert Svehla, a Florida Panthers defenseman, has told team officials he is done after this season and heading back to his native Slovakia. This is his seventh NHL campaign.
The defenseman denies that money is the issue although he is in the last year of his contract with the club holding an option worth $3.25 million next season. He has said he wants to spend more time with family and is upset with the constant coaching changes that have hit the team.
FINAL TALLY The fact the Czech Republic didn't do very well in the Salt Lake City Games wasn't because of Jaromir Jagr. The Caps wing led his team in scoring with two goals and three assists and was plus-3 defensively. Ulf Dahlen had a goal and three points and was plus-2 for Team Sweden while Dmitri Khristich had two goals and was minus-1 for Team Ukraine. Andrei Nikolishin had an assist for Team Russia while Sergei Gonchar was pointless, both even defensively.
Dave Fay

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