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Beltway Friday

BaltimoreGreetings and salutations to all my friends who have escaped the chill of Baltimore and are enjoying a sunny South Florida afternoon at Orioles spring training in Fort Lauderdale.

Good to have you all back, hope you stick around a few more springs.

There could be a decent amount of DC/Baltimore folks in the building tonight, so if you hear someone yell "O's!" during the Star-Spangled Banner, well, don't be shocked.

-- Big news out of practice is Stephen Weiss practiced and declared himself ready to play. Says the flu sapped his strength, and he didn't play Wednesday because he felt he would be a detrement to the team. "Didn't want to take away a healthy body,'' he said. Stefan Meyer sent back to the minors as a result. And yes, Rostislav Olesz is in as well.

-- Word is, Richard Zednik is going to be released from the hospital tomorrow and will fly back to South Florida. "That's the best news we've heard around here this year,'' Weiss said.

-- Tomas Vokoun didn't practice today, but JM says it was a simple day off is all. We'll see. Vokoun never takes a day off...

-- Tom Poti isn't expected to play for the Caps tonight, injured his knee in the last game out.

-- Speaking of knees, sorry to hear about Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour. Out for the season, needs to have reconstructive surgery after last night's game.