- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 20, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
OATES HONORED Caps center Adam Oates was honored before the game in recognition of recording the 1,000th assist of his career. Oates hit the milestone Jan. 14, assisting on the game-winner in a 1-0 overtime victory against Boston.
The 17-year NHL veteran received a silver stick, a symbol of excellence in hockey, from team owner Ted Leonsis and Tiffany glassware from team president Dick Patrick. His teammates and the training and equipment staffs presented him with a vacation trip to Hawaii, including first-class airline tickets.
Oates is only the eighth player in NHL history to record 1,000 assists.
AND STILL NO JAGR Right wing Jaromir Jagr missed his sixth straight game with what has been described as a slight groin strain. He told a Canadian TV network he might play Wednesday when the Caps play host to Montreal, although how he could predict when a muscle injury would clear up could not be determined. He has been undergoing acupuncture treatment.
Jagr skated after the team's morning skate Friday morning in Detroit and, after a tentative start, did not appear to be holding anything back. He skated freely with smooth motions, stops and starts. He is listed as day-to-day.
Ken Klee also is day-to-day with a groin injury sustained in the second period of Wednesday night's Montreal game. Although Klee skated Friday morning, coach Ron Wilson said the defenseman continues to experience considerable pain and probably would not play until the middle of next week.
HEY, JOE Joe Reekie is with the Chicago Blackhawks now and has adopted a number well-known there and around the world, 23. Reekie played his first game for Chicago on Friday night and was paired with Boris Mironov, younger brother of former Cap Dmitri Mironov.
WING PICKED UP The Caps claimed Ottawa left wing Ivan Ciernik off waivers. The 24-year-old had one goal and three points in 23 games with the Senators this season. To make room for Ciernik, the Caps placed center Jeff Halpern on injured reserve. The Montgomery County native will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks with a knee injury.
Ciernik is a native of Slovakia and originally was drafted by Ottawa 216th overall in 1996. It must be assumed it is his size that impresses the Caps: 6-foot-1 and 234 pounds. The wing did not arrive in time to play against Vancouver.
Dave Fay

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