- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 17, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.:
BRUNO MAKES IT: Andrew Brunette started his NHL career as a Washington draft pick who had occasional call-ups while playing for the Portland Pirates. He was never considered fast enough or a good enough skater to do anything other than fill in while others were injured.

That's the same Andrew Brunette you see on your All-Star ballot. He was taken by the Predators in Nashville's expansion draft, then claimed by Atlanta and then by Minnesota. He is three games shy of reaching 400, which means he qualifies for a full NHL pension.

HEY, MASE: Bob Mason, the Minnesota product who had two tours with the Caps during the 1990s, is now the goaltending consultant for the Wild. He had been working with the University of Minnesota (referred to locally simply as "the U") and the Atlanta Thrashers as goalie consultant.

Mason, of course, is a fixture in most Cap fans' memory because of one game a four-overtime loss to the New York Islanders.

PRACTICE MOVES: For those who attend Caps practice sessions, there are a few changes for this coming week. The team will work out at MCI Center at 10:30a.m. tomorrow and 11:30a.m. Wednesday. Game-day skates will be at 10a.m. at Piney Orchard on Tuesday and Thursday, with practice at 11:30a.m. Friday at Piney Orchard.
Dave Fay


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