- The Washington Times - Friday, November 8, 2002


Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

ROSTER MOVES: When Olie Kolzig came off injured reserve yesterday, the roster had to be reduced by one, and it was rookie Sebastien Charpentier who drew the short straw. The Caps sent him down to the Portland Pirates so he could keep playing on a regular basis, instead of sitting and watching Kolzig here.

"Charpy's got to continue to play," general manager George McPhee said.

It was the second time this season Charpentier was sent down to get some ice time. The first time the club wasn't sure he could play on this level; he posted a 2-1-0 record with a 2.69 goals against average in his second stint with the team, cementing his relationship.

Veteran Craig Billington will back up Kolzig.

What is unclear is what happens in Portland. Charpentier joins two other youngsters, Maxime Ouellet and Rastislav Stana, who also need playing time. Attempts have been made to loan one of them to another team but so far those attempts have been unsuccessful.

On another topic, McPhee said he and defenseman Sylvain Cote had spoken yesterday concerning details of a financial settlement and would speak again today. Cote, the 19-year veteran, is in the final season of a contract that calls for him to make $1.5 million this season. He was assigned to Portland on Nov.1 when the Caps hit another roster crunch.

He has played one game this season and is 29 short of the 1,200-game milestone.

SAD PASSING: A fund has been set up to benefit work being done in gastric cancer research following the death Tuesday of Jennifer Ferraro, wife of Washington Capitals farmhand Chris Ferraro. She was diagnosed with the disease within weeks of her marriage just before the start of the 2001-02 season.

Chris Ferraro was on personal leave attending to his wife last season and this season to date. The Caps, with NHL permission, had kept him on the roster as an inactive player so the family could take advantage of league benefits and hospitalization programs.

Jennifer Ferraro was treated in hospitals in New York City and Washington and died at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York.

The Ferraros, Chris and his twin brother, Peter, ask that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Jennifer Ferraro Fund, P.O. Box 155, Sound Beach, N.Y. 11789.

Dave Fay

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