- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 14, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
JOB HUNT: Two of the worst teams in their respective conferences, Atlanta and San Jose, met last night in Georgia. The Thrashers are a recent expansion team, still building with some excellent young personnel (rumors have goalie Byron Dafoe signing on soon) and figured to be bad for a while. But the Sharks figured to be near the front of the pack in the West.
Rumors have been circulating for more than a week that Atlanta coach Curt Fraser was on thin ice and would be the sacrificial lamb if things didn't improve in a hurry. A 4-9-1-1 record indicates there has been little improvement.
Who's in line to move in? Talk has it that the front-runners are two former Washington coaches, Ron Wilson and Terry Murray.
TUGGER'S 500th: At the end of the 1995-96 season, after serving a non-playing backup role in Washington and seeing action only in Portland (where he had a losing record), goalie Ron Tugnutt packed his bags and was about to join a team in the Swedish elite league.
Funny how these things work out. Tugnutt got a call from the Ottawa Senators and he has won 116 NHL games since not taking that ride to Sweden. On Tuesday night in Montreal, he played in his 500th NHL game and is the only player in league history to win at least one game for eight different teams.
Dave Fay


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