- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:

WELCOME BACK Fifteen years ago to the day, Kelly Miller became a Washington Capital in a trade that sent Bobby Carpenter to the New York Rangers. As luck would have it, Miller was in town, this time as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders.

"It was a wonderful move for me, I can't think of a better place to play than Washington," said Miller, who retired after the 1998-99 season owning the record for most Caps games played by an individual, 940. "There are great memories, a great organization and this is a great area to bring up a family."

Miller coached with Grand Rapids, Mich., in the defunct International Hockey League before hooking up with another former Cap, Guy Charron, last season in Anaheim. He joined the Islanders last summer.

"We had our work cut out for us because we had a lot of new players, some of them very young players and we needed to get everybody up to speed in a hurry," Miller said. Other new players were Alexei Yashin and Michael Peca, which is a pretty good starting point for any coaching staff.

MORE WOES Kenny Jonsson, the Islanders defenseman who was out with a concussion, returned but two other defenders are scheduled for knee surgery today. Promising rookie Radek Martinek is scheduled to have surgery that will end his season and veteran Roman Hamrlik will have an arthroscopic procedure that will sideline him about a month. Hamrlik first hurt his knee in a November game against the Caps.

GORING FIRED, AGAIN Butch Goring, who had previously coached the Islanders twice, has now been fired as coach of the Anchorage (Alaska) Aces of the West Coast Hockey League. Goring had been trying to compete with a team that was undermanned due to financial consideration, according to reports, and ownership didn't like his 10-18-4 record. Goring was an Islander during the team's glory years in the early 1980s.

Dave Fay

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