Cleaning out a reporter's notebook while waiting for the first strike against the NHL, which is supposed to begin Monday, although talks resume today:
* Want one, buy one: Mike Liut, Washington Capitals goalie and team player representative, was asked about replacement players from the minor leagues taking NHL players' jobs in the event of a strike.
"I've heard all that stuff about this may be the only chance that some guys will get to wear an NHL sweater," Liut said. "If somebody wants a sweater so badly, all he has to do is buy one. They sell them in all the stores."
* Just a drip: Keith Gave, writing in The Sporting News, said the reason Bryan Murray didn't do well in the Stanley Cup playoffs when he was head coach of the Capitals was because all he had "was Mike Gartner and a bunch of plumbers."
* Two sellouts?: The Skipjacks have sold more than 9,000 tickets for each of this weekend's games at the Baltimore Arena, Friday against the Hershey Bears and Saturday against the Capital District Islanders. Saturday will be Hall of Fame Night.
* Record breaker: Left wing Brian Sakic, the Capitals' fifth-round draft choice in 1990, has rewritten the scoring record book in the Western Hockey League.
Playing for the Tri-City Americans and Swift Current Broncos, Sakic, 20, scored 182 goals and had 575 points in 337 games. He broke the record, of Glen Goodall of the Seattle Thunderbirds, who had 573 points in 399 games. His 393 career assists broke the mark of 343 set by Rob Brown, who plays for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sakic, the brother of the Quebec Nordiques' Joe Sakic, had 43 goals and 73 assists in 68 games this season.
* Other Capitals prospects: Center Jeff Nelson, playing with Prince Albert in the WHL, had 46 goals and 60 assists in 61 games, and center Steve Konowalchuk, playing for Portland in the WHL, had 50 goals and 52 assists in 63 games.
Center Pat Peake, playing for Detroit in the Ontario League, had 40 goals and 52 assists in 52 games, and defenseman Rick Corriveau, playing for Niagara Falls in the OHL, had 21 goals and 61 assists in 56 games.
Defenseman John Slaney, playing with Cornwall in the OHL, had 18 goals and 40 assists in 33 games.
Right wing Andrei Kovalev, playing for AHL New Haven, has six goals and 10 assists in 20 games, and center Victor Gervais, playing for the ECHL Hampton Roads Admirals, has 29 goals and 39 assists in 42 games. Right wing Steve Martell, now with the Skipjacks, is next with nine goals and 24 assists in nine games, and center Harry Mews had 14 goals and 14 assists in 13 games with the Admirals.
* Added excitement: The penalty shot is sometimes called the most exciting play in hockey. There have been 25 in the NHL this season, and 11 have been successful.
One occurred in a game involving the Capitals. Dimitri Khristich scored against the Minnesota North Stars' Darcy Wakaluk Jan. 7. This was the first successful penalty shot by a Capitals player since Gartner scored against the Philadelphia Flyers' Glenn "Chico" Resch in 1987.
* Less is best: The Capitals have scored a team-record 14 short-handed goals this season. Mike Ridley has five, and Michal Pivonka has four.