Defenseman out 2-4 weeks with shoulder injury

Updated: January 24, 2004, 3:23 AM ET
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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals lost two of their biggest stars Friday, but only one was expected.

After high-scoring right wing Jaromir Jagr was traded to the New York Rangers earlier in the day, defenseman Sergei Gonchar suffered a shoulder injury in the Capitals' 4-1 loss to Florida and will be sidelined two to four weeks.

With the departure of Jagr, Gonchar -- whose name also has come up in recent trade rumors -- trails only Robert Lang in scoring for Washington. The Russian has five goals and 38 assists, one behind Colorado's Alex Tanguay for the NHL lead.

In 647 career games, 29-year-old Gonchar has 410 points and a plus-49 rating despite being a team-worst minus-22 this season.

Right wing Peter Bondra also left Friday's game after 12 shifts because of the flu.

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