Washington Capitals forward Kelly Miller returned to the team yesterday, less than a week after leaving camp because of displeasure with his contract.
Miller, who has one year left on his contract, met yesterday with general manager David Poile, and after the morning discussions, both sides felt there was "enough common ground" for Miller to rejoin the team while talks continued. Miller, who walked out the day before the season opener, practiced with the team yesterday, and accompanied the Capitals to Toronto for tonight's game against the Maple Leafs.
The Capitals agreed to pay Miller at the rate of $400,000 per year -- their offer to him during original negotiations -- while talks continue. Miller made $260,000 last year, and turned down management's offer of a four-year, $400,000-a-year contract with bonuses.
Miller came to the Capitals in 1987 in a deal that sent Bob Carpenter and a draft pick to the New York Rangers. He was a the ninth pick (183rd overall) of New York in the 1983 draft.
Opponent: Toronto Maple Leafs
Site: Maple Leaf Gardens, 7:35 p.m.
Radio: WCAO (AM 600), WMAL (AM 630)
TV: Channel 20
Outlook: Washington is off to a 2-0 start for the first time in the 18-year history of the franchise. The Capitals have been successful early this season even though G Don Beaupre is involved in a contract dispute and has missed the first 2 games. Washington has scored 5 of its 8 goals this season in the third period. RW Dino Ciccarelli and RW Peter Bondra have scored 2 goals in 2 games, and C Dale Hunter has 4 assists. Toronto won the season series against Washington, 2-1, last season. The Maple Leafs scored 11 goals in their first 2 games, but could only gain a split, losing to the Canadiens, 4-3, before defeating the Red Wings, 8-5. LW Wendel Clark (5 goals, 3 assists) led Toronto in the first 2 games.