Seen and heard yesterday at FleetCenter in Boston:
CAPS COVERED Russia defeated Canada 5-4 on Friday to win the World Junior Championship, and the Caps had draft picks on both teams. Center Ivan Nepriayev (picked 163rd overall in 2000) was on the winning team, while center Brian Sutherby (26th, 2000) and defenseman Nathan Paetsch (58th, 2001) represented Canada.
WHO’S IN? Wing Glen Metropolit was the lone healthy scratch for Washington yesterday, taking a seat in the press box so veteran wing Joe Sacco could play in his home town. As expected, defenseman Brendan Witt (bruised right thumb) did not play, and wing Ulf Dahlen (bruised foot) did not even make the trip.
NO INTEREST? There is already speculation that the Bruins might let right wing Bill Guerin, an unrestricted free agent on July 1, walk away rather than negotiate a contract. (Guerin went to arbitration last summer and was awarded a salary of $5.2 million). He had 21 goals (tied for the club lead) and 29 points going into yesterday’s game, but that’s not the point. Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs, always among the league’s tightest owners, has noted the large number of empty seats in the FleetCenter and may decide to trim the payroll accordingly.