- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 16, 2003

The Washington Capitals yesterday claimed one player off waivers, traded for a second and placed center Glen Metropolit on waivers.

Washington claimed left wing Josh Green from the New York Rangers. Green played 24 games for the Rangers this season with two assists; he had 23 goals and 45 points in 137 games with Los Angeles, the New York Islanders and Edmonton.

The Caps also obtained defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski from Ottawa for a conditional draft pick. He has played 20 games for the Senators this season and 35 in the league in two seasons. He also played most of the past two seasons in Grand Rapids for Caps coach Bruce Cassidy.

"Our scouts like him," Caps general manager George McPhee said of Green, who is 6-foot-4, 212 pounds. "They see something in him that may help our club. We're trying to build a better fourth line, and he's a good-sized kid who skates OK. He lost a little developmental time due to shoulder injuries [most of the 2000-01 season], and we thought it was time to take a look."

Kwiatkowski is 6-2, 210 and, like Green, 26. He became available because the Senators have an excess of young defensemen.

"He gives us some depth on the blue line; we wanted eight defensemen here," McPhee said. "We have some strong, physical people and we have our skill guys. This guy brings us excellent mobility so we thought we'd give him a chance and see how he does. He's the type of guy who can get back quickly, get the puck and lug it out quickly."

Green was expected to join the team for practice today. Kwiatkowski is facing possible immigration issues and might not join the team until it travels to Ottawa for a game Saturday.

Metropolit has been in the Washington system for four seasons and has played 103 NHL games. He was in 23 games this season with two goals and five points. His problem has always been that he doesn't play defense with the intensity sought by NHL coaches.


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