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Expansion franchises pass on Capitals' Langway Bergland, Chambers headed to Lightning


Veteran defenseman Rod Langway is staying with the Washington Capitals and right wing Tim Bergland is going to the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning along with defenseman Shawn Chambers.

That was the story for the Capitals last night, as the expansion draft to stock the Lightning and the Ottawa Senators was held in Montreal.

Langway, one of 17 Washington players available in the draft, had said he would retire if chosen by Tampa Bay or Ottawa.

Capitals general manager David Poile said last night he was delighted that Langway, 35, would be back for an 11th season with the team.

"It wouldn't have been great for us or Rod for him to move at this time," said Poile from Montreal. "He means a lot to the team on the iceand in the community. He's a great guy to have around."

Poile said he had expected to lose Bergland, 27, in the expansion draft but was surprised that Chambers, 25, was selected by the Lightning.

Poile had predicted Wednesday night that defenseman Ken Sabourin would be chosen by one of the expansion teams.

"I was a little surprised to lose Chambers," said Poile. "He was injured most of the year and didn't have a chance to play. But I know if he gets fit, he can be an outstanding player."

Poile said he was happy for Bergland to get a chance with the Lightning.

"Tim served us well," said Poile. "I know he'll help Tampa Bay in their first season in the league."

After Sabourin was not chosen last night, the Capitals announced they had signed him to a contract.

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