This has not been the best week for Rod Langway.
The captain of the Washington Capitals missed Wednesday's game in Toronto because of his divorce trial. He didn't need to be in court yesterday, but then his injured eye became the focus of the problem, and ultimately that kept him out of the Capitals' 4-3 loss to Chicago last night.
During last Sunday's game in Boston, Langway needed 20 stitches to close a couple of cuts near the right eye. He also had severe bruises around the eye.
"It's still a little blurry," Langway said at about noon yesterday, although he thought at that point he would be ready to play. However, when a team physician examined Langway before the game, he decided he should not play. Langway then left Capital Centre.
"His peripheral vision wasn't what it should be," Coach Terry Murray said. "It was not worth the risk. I didn't want him to get blindsided."
Murray said Langway would not play in tonight's game in Hartford. He also will miss Monday's game in Detroit, although he was due to miss that, anyway, because his divorce trial resumes in Prince George's County Circuit Court.
So other than yesterday morning's pregame skate, Langway hasn't played or practiced since last Sunday.
"It's a long time," he said. "I've been sitting in a court room. Then you go from the court room to an office and still talk. I rode a bike once." Hatcher Is Happy
Kevin Hatcher was smiling yesterday morning, pleased that his contract situation is resolved and he is much richer. Indications are his new four-year deal announced Thurday will pay him an average of $750,000 per season.
"Even though it was a long summer and first 20 games, I was always optimistic that things would be taken care of," Hatcher said. "Now, I can just continue to play hockey."