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03-05-2004, 11:24 AM
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From todays paper
"It is unlikely that this (Nylander trade) -- Washington's sixth major trade this season -- will be the last before Tuesday's NHL trading deadline. Goalie Olaf Kolzig and defenseman Brendan Witt, the last players remaining from the 1998 team that reached the Stanley Cup finals, are also drawing varied interest around the league.
Kolzig is Washington's highest-paid player, making $6.5 million this season with two years and $12.75 million left on his contract. The Capitals are actively shopping him, according to several league sources who have spoken with McPhee, hoping to dump the last hefty salary on the roster and with young goalies Maxime Ouellet and Rastislav Stana excelling at the minor league level.
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 its 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"
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