- The Washington Times - Friday, November 11, 2005

The status of Washington goalie Olie Kolzig for today’s game against the New Jersey Devils was unclear after the veteran came down with an injury, the nature and location of which is unknown.

A senior team official last night would not say whether the 13-year veteran would play today against the Devils nor would he disclose the location and nature of the injury.

“It’s somewhere on his body,” the official said when asked where the injury was. “He’s day-to-day.”

To be ready in case Kolzig can’t compete or even back up for today’s 1:08 p.m. Veterans’ Day game, the Caps yesterday called up Frederic Cassivi from Hershey in the American League. Cassivi has appeared in eight games for Atlanta in the NHL. This season with the Bears, he is 5-3-2 with a goals-against average of 2.44 and a .913 saves percentage.

Brent Johnson would likely start against New Jersey if Kolzig can’t play. Johnson is 0-2 with the Caps this season with a goals-against average of 6.34 in very limited action.

It is thought Kolzig was hurt in the second period against Toronto on Tuesday night. He continued in the game until he was replaced by Johnson 7:26 into the third period when the Leafs scored what turned out to be the winning goal after a momentary but complete collapse by Washington, leaving the goalie to fend for himself.

Kolzig practiced yesterday but left the ice about halfway through the one-hour drill — not entirely unusual, especially if one has played as much as he has this season. He gave no indication later in the dressing room that he was ailing and might not play.

The veteran has a record of 14-13-2 against New Jersey.

That was not the only personnel development yesterday for Washington. Rookie defenseman Mike Green was sent to Hershey for more playing time after struggling with the Caps. The team activated defenseman Ivan Majesky, who has been rehabbing an injured knee since before training camp started.

Green, 20, had an exceptional training camp and that more than anything got him to the Caps straight out of junior. He was sent to Hershey to open the season, but that was because of roster limits and waiver problems with other players. But in 11 NHL games, the 2004 first-round draft pick showed his inexperience. Green was minus-8 defensively, worst on the team.

Majesky, 29, was playing for his native Czech Republic in the world championships last spring when he injured a knee on the first shift of the first game. The Caps knew about the injury when they signed him on Aug. 10. The defenseman failed his physical at the start of training camp and he was officially suspended. That suspension ends today.

“Finally the doctor let me go in so I hope everything goes well, I can play a game and help the organization,” he said. “The knee is good. I was working hard for two months before the start of training camp and it is good. Now it is six months after surgery and all I want to do is play the game and be part of the team.”

Majesky was originally drafted by Florida in 2001 and has played 145 NHL games, totaling seven goals and 22 points.

The Caps have just seven defenseman on the active roster, their lowest total of the season.

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