- The Washington Times - Monday, January 27, 2003


Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
PEAT'S BACK The Washington Capitals yesterday put forward-defenseman Alex Henry on injured reserve, backdated to Thursday, saying the 6-foot-6 policeman still did not feel well after a bout of the flu.
That gave Washington the opportunity to invite Stephen Peat, right wing-in-training, to join the club from the Portland (Maine) Pirates of the American Hockey League, where he had played nine games, earning no points, 42 minutes in penalties and two suspensions.
Having an enforcer who was 100 percent healthy was considered especially important against the New York Rangers. The Rangers could be managed by Don King given the stable of brawlers the club has on the roster.
Henry did not play Saturday in Montreal but had played in the Caps' previous two games. He did miss at least one recent practice with the flu.
General manager George McPhee also said that defenseman J.F. Fortin, who has been in Portland on a conditioning assignment since Jan. 17, should be back by Thursday when the Caps play host to Pittsburgh in their last game before the All-Star break.
HE'S A STAR Center Trent Whitfield, a member of the Caps' system, has been named to the Canadian All-Star roster for the Feb. 3 AHL All-Star Game in Portland. Whitfield replaces an injured player, former Cap Benoit Gratton of the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Dave Fay


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