- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio:
GOODBYE, KEVIN: Kevin Dineen, who literally has been a thorn in the side of more than a few NHL teams since he broke in with Hartford in 1984, officially retired yesterday from the Columbus Blue Jackets. His last game was Sunday night against Buffalo, and the right wing finished it in the penalty box, blood streaming out of a cut, after a fight with the Sabres' Chris Gratton.
Dineen played in 1,188 games with 355 goals, 760 points and 2,229 penalty minutes, a stunning total for a player just 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. Dineen is the son of Bill Dineen, a long-time NHL coach who won two Stanley Cup rings as a player with Detroit in 1954 and '55. Four of Dineen's brothers also played in the NHL.
The veteran of 19 NHL seasons has suffered from Crohn's, a debilitating intestinal disease, for more than a decade. It never stopped him from playing his physical game. He served as captain in Hartford, Philadelphia and Carolina.
BUYOUT?: Sylvain Cote, a defenseman who broke in on the same Hartford team as Dineen, may be bought out by the Caps. The veteran of 19 seasons played one game for Washington this season and later was assigned to Portland, Maine, in the American Hockey League, his first minor league assignment since 1985.
Washington general manager George McPhee confirmed last night that talks are under way between the team and the defenseman concerning a possible financial settlement. Cote was scheduled to make $1.5million this season.
The defenseman makes his offseason home in Annapolis and berths his commercial fishing boat at Ocean City.
MADE THE TEAM: A promising Columbus youngster who was playing junior hockey last season officially joined the fraternity last night. Columbus left wing Rick Nash played in his 10th NHL game, meaning it counts as his first season with the league as far as pension and benefits are concerned, and his full NHL salary kicks in.
Nash was the first player taken in last June's draft. As a junior, he learned his craft playing for coach Dale Hunter and the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. Hunter, the retired Cap, brought his entire junior team to Columbus to see the alumnus and meet the Washington players.
Steve Eminger, the Cap rookie who just turned 19, played for the Kitchener Rangers in the same league and was also scheduled to play his 10th game last night but was a late scratch.
Dave Fay


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