- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 17, 2002

The good news is that the Washington Capitals scored 12 goals in an intrasquad scrimmage yesterday.
The bad news is that the Washington Capitals allowed 12 goals in an intrasquad scrimmage yesterday.
"We've got guys who can get the puck to the net and in the net, and that's encouraging," said coach Bruce Cassidy. "I don't think that will be a big issue this year. There's enough talent in the room, but it's always nice to reinforce that feeling.
"Obviously, there's the other side of the coin you don't want to see all those goals. I think when you're playing against each other and winding down in training camp, guys aren't competing as hard away from the puck as they would during the season."
Meanwhile, defenseman Calle Johansson revisited shoulder specialists in Lexington, Ky., yesterday and said last night "there was nothing dramatically new" after his second examination. Johansson is finishing rehabilitation after undergoing rotator cuff surgery last November.
"They said they were happy with my progress, but I still need to get stronger," he said. "Am I still planning on starting the season [on] time? Yes, I am."
Johansson's presence yesterday could have helped one of the two teams in the black/white scrimmage.
The black team had what seemed like a pretty safe 5-2 lead late in the second period, but the white squad scored the last five goals for a 7-5 triumph. Jaromir Jagr tied the game with less than two minutes left, Colin Forbes got the game-winner seconds later and Chris Ferraro scored shorthanded into an empty net to salt it away, his second of the third period.
Scoring earlier were Ivan Ciernik (2), Graham Mink, Steve Konowalchuk and Mel Angelstad for the black team, and Matt Pettinger, Kip Miller and Brian Sutherby for the white team.
"We've got to work more on moving the puck out of our zone," Cassidy said. "With the obstruction rules being enforced more so now than they have in the past, most teams are going to forecheck more aggressively. Something we're going to have to concentrate on is tape-to-tape passing, getting out of our end quickly, not spending a lot of time there."
The Caps reassigned 11 players over the weekend with more cuts coming before the end of the week. Those who left camp include goalies Maxime Daigneault and Robert Gherson, defensemen Jason Maleyko, Nathan Paetsch and Patrick Wellar, and forwards Jevon Desautels, Petr Dvorak, Marian Havel, Joni Lindlof, Warren Peters and Jeff Lucky.
Maleyko and Peters were in camp on tryout contracts; the others are draft picks. However, it was surprising to see Paetsch, a 6-foot, 195-pound defenseman, returned to his junior team in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, so early.
"I don't think he's ready, plain and simple," said Cassidy. "He's a smaller guy, he competed hard, but if you're that small a defenseman, you have to have some special element to you. I'm not down on him, I just don't think he's at the level some of our other guys are, and we have to determine in a hurry who gets those last couple spots.
"And why prolong it. I pointed out a few things to him now, let him get back to junior and get ready for next year."
The communication between management and negotiators for two holdout forwards, Andrei Nikolishin and Dainius Zubrus, leaves a lot to be desired. The holdout is now a week old, and the latest word from either side is silence. It is believed Zubrus lowered his asking price a little, and the Caps increased their offer, but apparently it was not enough for either side and the stalemate continues.

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