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Capitals sign Langway for two years


The Washington Capitals announced yesterday that defenseman and captain Rod Langway will play at least two more years with the team and will have a place in the front office when he retires.

Langway, 34, signed a two-year playing contract yesterday, and Capitals general manager David Poile said his playing status will be reviewed at its conclusion. Poile also said Langway will join the team in a yet-to-be-determined position when he retires.

"When you build a house, you need a foundation, and Rod has been the foundation that this franchise needed from its inception," Poile said. "Since Rod's arrival in 1982, we have built off of, and around him, and we are very pleased with the direction of the club in that time."

Last season, the 13-year veteran played in 56 games, scored one goal and had seven assists. When he missed 24 games with back problems, the Capitals were 8-14-2. When he returned Feb. 27, the Capitals went on a 9-4-3 rush to the playoffs.

Washington has made the playoffs nine straight years since Langway's arrival, and he played in his 900th NHL game March 14. Langway has appeared in seven All-Star Games and is second on the Capitals' list of games with 641.

NOTES: RW Dino Ciccarelli and 68 other Capitals players reported to Piney Orchard Arena in Odenton yesterday for the opening of the team's 18th training camp. Ciccarelli had created some concern among Washington officials when he expressed dissatisfaction with his contract.

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