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Witt gets a raise in arbitration

Aug. 18, 2004 at 1:13 PM

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Defenseman Brendan Witt of the Washington Capitals Tuesday was awarded $2.2 million for the next season by an arbitrator.

It marks an increase of $450,000 from the $1.75 million he was paid last season, when he tallied two goals, 10 assists, and a minus-22 rating in 72 games.

Witt seemed not to like the arbitration process.

"Arbitration is not the best thing to go through," he told the Washington Post. "But it's behind us."

"The award was about where we thought it would come in," Capitals General Manager George McPhee told the newspaper. "He had a strong case. Brendan and I had a good talk after it was over. There's a mutual respect there."

Witt, who was a first-round draft pick by the Capitals in 1993, has played in 568 games during his nine-year career, and has recorded 19 goals, 53 assists and 894 penalty minutes, all with Washington.

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