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Ron Wilson


C - Adam Oates, Andrei Nikolishin, Jan Bulis, Dale Hunter. LW - Matt Herr, Joe Juneau, Chris Simon, Tom Chorske. RW - Peter Bondra, Brian Bellows, Craig Berube, Kelly Miller, Mike Eagles, James Black. D - Calle Johansson, Mark Tinordi, Brendan Witt, Joe Reekie, Dmitri Mironov, Ken Klee. G - Olaf Kolzig, Rick Tabaracci.


Steve Konowalchuk (sprained ankle, 1-2 weeks); Michal Pivonka (shoulder, 6 weeks); Richard Zednik (shoulder, 1-3 weeks); Yogi Svejkovsky (sprained ankle, 1-2 weeks); Sergei Gonchar (knee, 4-6 weeks); Stewart Malgunas (hip flexor, indefinite).


Signed Olie Kolzig, G, to four-year, $12 million contract. Recalled Mike Rosati, G, Nolan Baumgartner, D, Steve Poapst, D, and Matt Herr, C, from Portland (AHL). Returned Rosati, Baumgartner and Herr to Portland.


10/28  at Edmonton     L 8-2
10/30  at Calgary      T 0-0
11/01  at Vancouver    L 4-1
11/04  Tampa Bay       L 5-2
11/06  Carolina        L 3-2
11/07  at Ottawa       W 8-5


Southeast Division  GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA  
  Carolina          14   6   5   3    15   34   29   
  Tampa Bay         14   6   6   2    14   36   39   
  Florida           12   4   5   3    11   27   35   
  Washington        13   4   6   3    11   28   35


by Jason Sheehan, Washington Correspondent

Kolzig Re-signs Amidst Long Winless Streak

Despite almost singlehandedly sending the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals last June, goaltender Olie Kolzig was only making $600,000 a year — half of what backup Rick Tabaracci makes — through the first month of the season.

Recognizing that Kolzig was making the salary of a second-string goaltender, general manager George McPhee rewarded ‘Zilla with a four-year, $12 million contract.

"I didn't want this to become a distraction for him," McPhee said, "and I wanted to send the right message, rewarding a player who was absolutely outstanding last year and who we regard as an elite goaltender in this league.

"What we wanted to accomplish was taking a player who was being paid as a No. 2 goaltender but has demonstrated that he's a No. 1 and a good No. 1 and pay him at that rate this year. For doing that, we get something by getting one of his unrestricted free agent years back at a reasonable number."

The new deal comes in spite of Kolzig's recent outings — and a certain reporter (yours truly) who wrote in the last issue that McPhee is weak at the bargaining table — as well as the team's six-game winless streak, which was snapped Nov. 7 with an 8-5 victory at Ottawa.

Before that win, nothing was going right for Washington. Injuries mounted as 10 wounded players watched from the sidelines, and the players in the lineup weren't playing up to their capabilities, including Kolzig.

Kolzig has been in a major funk, allowing 23 goals in his last 13 periods in net. He didn't even finish the game he started in Ottawa. After allowing five goals — with his team down 5-3 midway through the second period — coach Ron Wilson decided enough was enough and sent minor league goaltender Mike Rosati into the game to replace Kolzig. Rosati was perfect, stopping all 13 shots he faced.

Kolzig, however, thinks his bad outings will cease, because he's had time to practice with goaltending coach Dave Prior during a four-day span in which the Capitals didn't play.

"I was confused there for the last week about what was going on — how I could go from letting in a little over one goal a game in the first six games and then letting in 23 goals in the next 13 periods," Kolzig told The Washington Post. "But Dave (Prior) came in and said, 'It's not as bad as you think; you just need a little adjustment here and a little adjustment there.'

"It's a thing of confidence and trust. If the guys trust you back there, they're going to create more chances and if a goalie trusts the forwards, he's going to feel more solid in the net."

Something New: Injury List Shrinks

There has been one constant through the first half of the season: Players have fallen prey to injuries more than there are deer casualties during hunting season. At one point during the recent trip to Western Canada, Washington found itself 10 men short, with minor league players like James Black, Stewart Malgunas and Nolan Baumgartner trying to pick up the slack.

However, the Capitals have now been hit by something other than bruised physiques — a stroke of good luck. When the puck is dropped Nov. 12 against Buffalo at MCI Center, defensemen Joe Reekie and Brendan Witt, center Jan Bulis and goaltender Rick Tabaracci will all be in uniform. As a result, defenseman Steve Poapst, Baumgartner, Rosati and center Matt Herr were sent to the Capitals AHL affiliate in Portland, Maine.

Life Looks Good from the Bottom

Last place in the Eastern Conference has never looked so promising. The 4-6-3 (11 points) Capitals currently reside in the basement, but could realistically be in the penthouse by week's end.

Parity has a choke-hold on the NHL, which is proven by the Carolina Hurricanes' record. They lead all Eastern Conference teams with 15 points. Dallas leads the West with just 16 points. Could the effects of expansion be taking their toll?

"As bleak as it looked and with what we've had to go through early, we're still a week within being in first place in the whole league," Wilson said.

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