Capitals sign Poti to a contract extension

Wednesday, September 22, 2010; D2

The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Tom Poti to a two-year extension, worth $3 million next season and $2.75 million in 2012-13. Poti, 33, is the oldest member of the team's regular blue line corps and recorded 24 points in 70 regular season games last season.

He will earn $3.5 million this season in the last year of his old contract, but Poti said he was willing to take a pay cut in order to compete for the Stanley Cup.

"I think we have a chance to win here," Poti said. "I've played in the league 12, 13 years and still haven't won. I think this is the best chance for me to get a Cup. Not just one Cup but more than one Cup, hopefully. I was willing to give up some money, leave some money on the table, to have a chance at that." . . .

The Capitals signed goaltender Brandon Anderson to a three-year entry-level deal on Tuesday. The team also assigned nine players to Hershey: goaltender Todd Ford, defensemen Patrick Cullity and Joe Finley and forwards David de Kastrozza, Anton Gustafsson, Jake Hauswirth, Nakita Kashirsky, Dmitry Kugryshev and Ashton Rome.

Five others were returned to their junior teams: goaltender Philipp Grubauer, defensemen Samuel Carrier and Brett Flemming and forwards Stanislav Galiev and Garrett Mitchell.

- Katie Carrera

Adam Morrison, whom Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats selected with the third pick in 2006 draft, has accepted a training camp invitation on a make-good contract with the Washington Wizards, according to two league sources.

Morrison, who won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in a reserve role, hasn't been the same since suffering a season-ending knee injury before his second season in Charlotte. He has career averages of 7.5 points and 2.1 rebounds, but has played just 79 games the past three seasons with the Bobcats and Lakers.

Morrison worked out for the Boston Celtics last week, but selected the Wizards because he hopes to find a rhythm in Coach Flip Saunders's offense, according to a league source. The same source said Morrison worked out at Verizon Center on Tuesday. . . .

Former Wizard Javaris Crittenton has accepted an invitation to try out for the Charlotte Bobcats, his agent Mark Bartelstein said.

Crittenton was suspended the final 38 games of last season for his role in an altercation with Gilbert Arenas involving guns.

- Michael Lee

Michigan State football Coach Mark Dantonio was released from the hospital Tuesday, two days after suffering a mild heart attack. Don Treadwell, the offensive coordinator for the 25th-ranked Spartans, will step in during Dantonio's indefinite absence.

"I'm anxious and excited to be home with my family," Dantonio said in a statement. "I haven't established a timeline for my return, but I have the utmost confidence in Coach Treadwell and the rest of the coaching staff to carry on with business as usual in my absence. I know that I must gradually work my way back onto the sidelines."

Meanwhile, tight end Dion Sims was among 10 men charged in the theft of 104 Detroit Public School's laptop computers. Sims has been suspended. . . .

BYU says quarterback Riley Nelson is done for the season because of a shoulder injury. Coach Bronco Mendenhall said that Nelson will need surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and could be out four to five months. . . .

The Tennessee basketball program has reported several NCAA violations committed under Coach Bruce Pearl, including nearly 100 excessive phone calls to recruits and permitting families of recruits to stay longer than allowed by the NCAA when visiting Knoxville. . . .

Notre Dame and Navy will play in Dublin, Ireland, on Sept. 1, 2012 at Aviva Stadium. The $410 million stadium opened in May and has a seating capacity of 50,000. The Navy-Notre Dame rivalry is the longest continuous intersectional rivalry in college football with the two schools having met every year since 1927. . . .

American University hired Laura Campbell as its women's lacrosse coach. Campbell, who was a four-year starter for the Eagles, graduated from AU in 2003. Most recently, she was the head coach at Marist. Campbell began her coaching career at Centreville High School.

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