Kordic reinstated, may play tonight


The Washington Capitals have reinstated right wing John Kordic, who was suspended 10 days ago for an alcohol problem, and he is expected to play tonight against the New York Rangers at the Capital Centre.

Kordic, 25, acquired early this month from the Toronto Maple Leafs, played in four games for the Capitals -- all victories -- then missed practice Feb. 11 and was suspended. He was hospitalized for alcohol-abuse treatment last week, and will continue outpatient treatment while playing for the Capitals.

"I don't want to answer any questions and will not talk about this again," Kordic said after his reinstatement by Capitals coach Terry Murray. "The problem with me is alcohol. When I drink, I get in trouble. I'm grateful to Mr. Poile [David, Capitals general manager] and the coaching staff, and hope my teammates can help me with my off-ice problems as I try to help them on the ice."

Poile, who is in Florida this week for the National Hockey League general managers' meetings, said he was aware of Kordic's problems with alcohol and knew that he had been to Arizona for rehabilitation last summer. Poile said he was not aware of the extent of Kordic's problems.

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