BALTIMORE, SEPT. 14 -- Washington Capitals Coach Terry Murray happily joked the other day about not having heard from trainer Stan Wong during the first week of training camp. The reason was the absence of injuries. Now, the silence has been broken.
Goalie Olie Kolzig -- who played two games with the Capitals early last season before being returned to his junior team -- slightly dislocated his left shoulder while diving to stop a shot in practice today in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The prognosis is that Kolzig will be out for 10 days.
Kolzig accompanied the team to Baltimore this afternoon so team doctors could examine him. The Capitals played the New York Rangers tonight at Baltimore Arena in their first exhibition game.
Kolzig was scheduled to play in Sunday's exhibition game against the Hartford Whalers in Norfolk, but now will return to Lake Placid. Goalie Jim Hrivnak, who was going to play in just the first two games this weekend, will now work parts of all three. The Capitals meet the Rangers again, Saturday night in Albany, N.Y. No Progress
There was no movement in the negotiations with holdout defenseman Kevin Hatcher or unsigned free agent goalie Don Beaupre.
"Donnie doesn't want to be traded and doesn't want to sit out, but it is a dilemma," said Ron Simon, Beaupre's agent, who would like to see some sort of incentive bonus that could bring Beaupre close to the $455,000 salary of Mike Liut if Beaupre plays more games. Poile doesn't think Beaupre and Liut should be equated.
"Mike Liut has had his salary and has earned it by playing," Poile said. "I'm dealing with Don Beaupre not Mike Liut."
Beaupre said he still is patient.
"We had a meeting late in the season when it looked like we wouldn't make the playoffs," he said. "David Poile said we haven't been playing well since the salaries were published. He said that if we make the playoffs, we would be rewarded. I think I was a big part of that and want to be rewarded."
Poile responded that his offer was a reward, but added, "Obviously we have a difference of opinion." Liking Lake Placid
Nothing is certain for the future, but after a week of training camp in Lake Placid, General Manager David Poile said he is generally pleased with how the operation functioned at the Olympic Center and in the nearby village.
The facilities at the Olympic Center are excellent. What is more cumbersome is traveling to exhibition games. There are few scheduled flights into Saranac Lake Airport, which means charters or buses to Albany.