- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

KIP'S BACK Left wing Kip Miller returned to the lineup after missing one game with a bruised hand, slashed during the Detroit game Saturday night. Miller visited two doctors Tuesday seeking reassurance that he would not further damage his hand if he continued to play. Coach Bruce Cassidy said he received that assurance.

"Both doctors have told him there's no threat of anything more than what's there," Cassidy said. "Pain will have to be his guide here for the next little while. If he can't handle his stick and shoot and pass, then he's not going to be an asset to us that's what he does best."

Miller, signed as a free agent during the offseason for $550,000, is having a career season. He has 48 points, six more than in any other NHL season. He has been getting most of his assists feeding Jaromir Jagr but also has 13 goals. Four of them were game-winners, the second-highest total on the team.

Meanwhile, defenseman Ken Klee, sidelined with back spasms, skated again yesterday, but Cassidy said he wasn't ready. "But he looks good for Saturday [at New Jersey]," the coach said.

The healthy scratches were forwards Josh Green and Stephen Peat.

Dave Fay

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