- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

STILL OUT Peter Bondra returned to action after missing three games with the flu and right wing Joe Sacco also came back after missing two, but three other players remain on the Washington Capitals bench with a variety of ailments thought to be short-term.
Right wing Jaromir Jagr has missed three games with what has been described as a slight groin strain. General manager George McPhee said Jagr was "day-to-day" but had no estimate when he would return. The wing has been receiving acupuncture treatment and is said to be responding.
Defenseman Brendan Witt has missed six games with a sprained right thumb and is back skating. McPhee said he would be out another week or so.
Wing Ulf Dahlen was injured Dec.19 in Florida and has played just part of one period since then, aggravating his bruised foot in his attempt to return. He is not back on skates and is at least 7-to-10 days away.
The Caps had three scratches defenseman Joe Reekie and forwards Trent Whitfield and Matt Pettinger but their statuses could not be determined.
NHL DEBUT Nolan Yonkman, a 20-year-old defenseman called up from the Portland (Maine) Pirates, made his NHL debut for the Caps. Yonkman played 25 games in Portland after suffering a knee injury early in the season after an impressive training camp with the Caps.
"With the type of system we're playing right now and the way we're playing, I felt it can't hurt to take a look," McPhee said. "It's nice to be able to do that at some point in the season with certain players to see where they are. We thought his size [6-foot-6, 236 pounds] might help right now."
Yonkman was one of five players the Caps drafted in the top 37 in 1999; three others Kris Beech, Michal Sivek and Ross Lupaschuk were traded to Pittsburgh in the Jaromir Jagr deal.
Dave Fay

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