- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 12, 2002

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

WHERE ARE THEY? Much was made of the Capitals supposedly mortgaging the future in the trade for Jaromir Jagr trade. Washington sent $4.9million to Pittsburgh along with three draftees from the class of 1999, center Kris Beech, center Michal Sivek and defenseman Ross Lipuschuk.
One year later, Jagr is still in Washington, the money has been spent by the Penguins and the three rookies are elsewhere. None of the three cracked the Pittsburgh lineup, and all were assigned to Wilkes-Barre in the American Hockey League.
BRUCE ABOARD Bruce Cassidy made his NHL coaching debut last night, the fourth time the Caps have opened a season with a new coach. Jimmy Anderson was the original bench boss, losing to the Rangers 6-3 on Oct.9,1974; Danny Belisle beat Los Angeles 4-2 on Oct.11,1978; and Ron Wilson started his Caps career with a 4-1 win at Toronto on Oct.1,1997.
EARLY INDICATIONS Teams usually learn from their mistakes, and the Caps have committed a lot of them in past Octobers. Washington has not had a winning record for the month since 1997, when it went 7-4-2. In fact, the Caps were 9-17-7-1 before last night in October over their last three seasons.
So what does October hold this season? If you missed last night's home opener, your next chance to see Washington at MCI is Oct.30, when Boston comes to town. The Caps will be on the road for eight games before that.

Dave Fay

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