Langway to undergo double surgery Captain's future with Caps unclear

November 20, 1992|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

The only thing certain about the future of Washington Capitals captain Rod Langway is that he will have surgery today on his shoulder and knee. What the future holds after that depends on who is doing the talking.

Caps general manager David Poile, who told Langway his role with the Caps would be more limited, said he hasn't spoken to Langway since that meeting two weeks ago.

Poile said he expects to sit down with the veteran defenseman two orthree weeks after the operations to find out what decision he has come to about continuing his playing career with the Caps.

But Caps goalkeeper Don Beaupre said yesterday that Langway has made up his mind.

"He told us within an hour of finding out his options that he wasn't going to play any more games with the Caps," said Beaupre. "I was surprised he made such a quick decision and I hope he changes his mind. Even if it's only part time, he has a lot to add to the team. His leadership could help the young guys a lot."

Langway has been out of town, but had returned yesterday. He could not be reached for comment.

Poile said he did not know of Langway's comments to the team, but said he thought it might have been an "emotional" reaction.

He said he also met with the players shortly after his meeting with Langway to make sure they understood that Langway wasn't being asked to leave the team and that it was Langway's decision as to which option he wanted to pursue: a part-time role, a trade, retirement.

"When I talked to Rod, he didn't give me the impression he wants to retire," Poile said. "He said he wanted to play another year and I told him that probably wasn't in our plans. I wanted to be up front with him and I left it with him as to whether he could accept a part-time role."

Originally, Langway said he wanted to take a few days to consider his options. That was two weeks ago and he hasn't been to the Piney Orchard rink since.

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