- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

FUSSEY RECALLED — The Caps recalled right wing Owen Fussey from Portland of the American Hockey League. Fussey, 20, Washington’s third-round choice in the 2001 draft, has five goals and seven assists in 57 games for the Pirates. This is his first pro season.

HEY, CHUM — The game was the Caps’ second in three nights against an opponent who had been their teammate very recently. Left wing Peter Bondra and Ottawa beat Washington 4-1 on Monday in his first game against the Caps. This time it was right wing Mike Grier’s turn. A day after being traded to Buffalo, Grier was playing for the Sabres against the Caps.

Former captain Steve Konowalchuk helped host Colorado to a 4-1 victory Dec. 8. Jaromir Jagr has one assist in two games against Washington since being traded to the New York Rangers on Jan. 23 and will face the Caps again on March 18 and April 3. Washington is finished with Detroit (Robert Lang) and Los Angeles (Anson Carter), but defenseman Sergei Gonchar and center Michael Nylander get a crack at their ex-mates when the Caps visit Boston on April 1.

CALLE’S BACK — Speaking of old pals, defenseman Calle Johansson, who retired last summer after 13 years with the Caps, signed with Toronto on Tuesday. The 37-year-old Johansson, who played in a Caps record 940 games, had been scouting Europe for Washington. The Caps will receive future considerations from the Maple Leafs as a consequence.

HEALTHY SCRATCH — Defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski was kept out for just the second time all year as coach Glen Hanlon opted to play Rick Berry and Todd Rohloff and newcomers Shaone Morrisonn and Brad Norton along with mainstays Brendan Witt and Josef Boumedienne.

David Elfin

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