NHL scoring leader Robert Lang was traded from Washington to the Detroit Red Wings yesterday, another roster shake-up in a losing season for the Capitals.
Lang, a center, was dealt to the Central Division-leading Red Wings for left wing Tomas Fleischmann and Detroit's first-round choice in the 2004 entry draft and fourth-round choice in the 2006 entry draft.
Lang is tied for first in scoring with Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis with 74 points. He was signed by the Capitals from the Pittsburgh Penguins in July 2002, brought in to join former Pittsburgh teammate Jaromir Jagr.
But the addition of the new talent -- Jagr had been one of the league's foremost scorers -- took Washington only to the first round of last year's playoffs. The Capitals were beaten by the Tampa Bay Lighting in six games.
The Capitals dealt captain Steve Konowalchuk to the Colorado Avalanche, Jagr to the New York Rangers, and Peter Bondra to the Ottawa Senators earlier this season in trades designed to slash payroll and rebuild.
Ottawa Senators wing Martin Havlat was suspended two games by the NHL for hitting Philadelphia wing Mark Recchi in the face with his stick. He will miss games against Buffalo tonight and Wednesday. He can return Friday at Philadelphia. Havlat drew a two-game suspension earlier this season after kicking Eric Cairns of the New York Islanders . . . The Minnesota Wild recalled forwards Brent Burns and Stephane Veilleux from Houston of the AHL, and the Columbus Blue Jackets recalled right wing Tim Jackman and defenseman Darrel Scoville from Syracuse of the AHL.