- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 18, 2004

Seen and heard yesterday at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.:

STEVENS SPEAKS — Scott Stevens, honored by the Devils before the game for surpassing former Caps teammate Larry Murphy for the most games by an NHL defenseman, isn’t sure if and when he’ll be able to add to his record. Stevens, who led New Jersey to Stanley Cup titles in 1995, 2000 and 2003, has missed five games with what he confirmed is post-concussion syndrome.

“It’s frustrating,” the 39-year-old Stevens said in his first meeting with reporters since he was sidelined. “It’s hard to watch and not be out there, but the doctors tell me that I just have to rest.”

CASSIDY ON THE SCENE — Bruce Cassidy, fired Dec.10 after 1 seasons as Washington’s coach, scouted the game for Chicago. Cassidy, the Blackhawks’ first-round choice in the 1983 draft, has remained close to Chicago general manager Bob Pulford, who hired him Wednesday.

“I want to coach again, and this is a way to stay in the game,” said the 38-year-old Cassidy, who was 47-47-9-7 with the Caps but 8-18-1-1 this season. “It’s a little strange being at a Caps game, but I don’t have any bad feelings towards anyone in the organization. Glen and Randy [Carlyle] were my assistants, and [general manager] George [McPhee] gave me my first chance to coach in the NHL.”

BACK WITH THE BIG CLUB — With Peter Bondra home with the flu, the Caps recalled Ivan Ciernik from Portland of the American Hockey League and immediately inserted him into the lineup. Ciernik played 5:26 after having played for the Pirates on Friday night. He had played in six games for Washington earlier this season before being sent down Dec.12.

McPhee also brought defenseman Josef Boumedienne back with him from Portland late Friday night as insurance in case one of the blue-liners catches the bug that has already bitten forwards Bondra, Robert Lang and Kip Miller. Boumedienne had played in three games for the Caps this year before being re-assigned to Portland on Oct.29.

— David Elfin

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