- The Washington Times - Friday, February 13, 2004

Seen and heard last night at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn.:

GETTING HEALTHY — The Capitals activated defenseman Sergei Gonchar and right wing Brian Willsie off the injured reserve list. Gonchar missed seven games with a shoulder injury and Willsie 21 after a concussion. The Caps did not have to drop anyone from the active roster, which now stands at the 23-player limit.

FAMILIAR FACES, DIFFERENT PLACES — Before being named the Nashville Predators’ first coach, Barry Trotz spent five seasons as coach of the Caps’ American Hockey League affiliate. Trotz’ first season was in Baltimore, and he relocated with the franchise to Portland, Maine. While with the Washington organization, Trotz coached current Caps Olie Kolzig, Brendan Witt, Anson Carter and Sergei Gonchar.

While Trotz was an assistant coach for the Canadian world championship team last spring, he and Carter renewed a friendship that began with Carter’s brief time in Portland.

The Canadian squad won the gold medal on an overtime game-winner by Carter, defeating Sweden 3-2 in Helsinki, Finland.

“When we went to the world championships, those times were rekindled a little bit,” Trotz said. “He was in the room across the hall from me the whole time we were in Finland … and we had a great time. Anson ended up scoring the winning goal, and for that I thank him.”

Jim Diamond

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