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03-05-2004, 12:10 AM
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Friday's Washington Post: Nylander Becomes Latest Former Capital
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Originally Posted by washingtonpost
Colorado's interest in Kolzig has cooled, sources said, because the Avalanche has been unwilling to pick up all of the contract, but league sources said yesterday that two other unidentified clubs have phoned to inquire about the former all star. Witt, 29, is drawing significant interest, with upwards of 10 teams in the running, but the likelihood of Witt being traded could wane as a result of other recent trades. Washington needs quality defensemen, and Witt is by far their best defender.

So Witt's import in Washington's rebuilding process has risen, and his age, productivity and manageable $1.75 million salary all work in the Capitals' favor. McPhee has informed the teams pursuing Witt that they must be willing to trade a defenseman to get him, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Winger Anson Carter, who was acquired for Jagr in January, joins Kolzig as the only Capitals earning $2 million or more this season -- they entered the season with six such players -- and he, too, is a candidate to be dealt. Many NHL executives are questioning whether Washington would make a qualifying offer to retain Carter, a restricted free agent this summer, given the team's cost-cutting measures.
A D for Witt? Hmm, Hnidy for Witt, does that work? No? Drat.

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