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Casual Thursday: Bryan McCabe to hit 1,000 ... David Booth Speaks ... Kamil Kreps Hurt ... Alex Ovechkin In or Out? ... Friday Concert All About Blue

Mccabe4 Lots of news and notes to get into the paper tomorrow and not much space.

Good thing this newfangled Internet offers limitless space.

First off, Bryan McCabe hits a milestone tomorrow and becomes the seventh player to reach 1,000 games while wearing the Florida sweater. The Panthers captain says he's pretty taken aback by the milestone and that it's going to be pretty special for him.

The other Panthers to hit 1,000: Lyle Odelein, Greg Adams, Kirk Muller, Mike Foligno, Scott Mellanby and Chris Gratton.

-- David Booth met with us in the locker room at Incredible Ice today and he looks much, much better than when we saw him last. His right eye is still bloodied but he says he doesn't get headaches anymore and he's ready to resume exercising. He says the only exercise he's done since the concussion is a little walking and some swimming.

He's at least a week away from returning.

-- Kamil Kreps didn't skate today because he took a skate off his boot last night. He'll probably play tomorrow.

-- Dominic Moore told me last night that he's probably a few days away from skating after having nasal surgery. He'll likely miss the home-and-home with the Capitals.

-- Radek Dvorak skated before Thursday's practice and could return next week.

Ovechkin -- Spoke with Alex Ovechkin after Washington's short but intense practice at The Billboard. Ovechkin, out with a left shoulder injury, did some puck work in the early stages of practice but then put the stick down and just skated.

He says he'll probably miss the next two games against the Panthers but Bruce Boudreau says Ovechkin will practice tomorrow and they will go from there. ''He put the maybe out there,'' Boudreau said.

-- Boudreau wasn't happy with Washington's loss to New Jersey last night and skated them real hard. It was a short practice, but they did a lot of skating. ''If we weren't playing back-to-back,'' Boudreau said, ''it would have been longer.''

The Caps have lost three straight.

More quotes later in the day.

Jetblue -- The big announcement at the arena tomorrow (you know, the one with the free concert) has nothing to do with the team's ownership situation as some have speculated. They are simply announcing another sponsorship deal.

The JetBlue banners are going up outside the main concourse as we speak.

It looks like the discount airline (which I'm a big fan of) is going to sponsor that outside area facing 136th Ave. Lots of banners on the poles, signs above the doors, sign on the giant ad TV, etc.

Word on the street is the ownership thing could be wrapped up next week, but that has been said before.

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