The Washington Capitals acquired a defenseman and forward in two trades yesterday.
Defenseman Bill Houlder, who split time between the National Hockey League Capitals and American Hockey League Baltimore Skipjacks last season, was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for defenseman Shawn Anderson, 22, Buffalo's No. 1 draft pick in 1986, and center-left wing Dave Tippett, 29, was acquired from the Hartford Whalers for future considerations.
Anderson, 6 feet 1, 195 pounds, played 16 games with Buffalo last season (one goal, three assists) and 39 with the AHL's Rochester Americans (two goals, 16 assists). Tippett, 5-10, 180 pounds, had eight goals and 19 assists in 66 games for Hartford last season.
On Saturday night, after completing the exhibition schedule, the Capitals sent 20 players to the Skipjacks and three to their Canadian junior league teams.
Sent to the Skipjacks were goalies Shawn Simpson and Ollie Kolzig; defensemen Jim Mathieson, Rob Mendel, Jiri Vykoukal, Ken Lovsin and Wade Bartley; centers Alfie Turcotte, Tim Taylor, Harry Mews, Tyler Larter and Victor Gervais; left wings Jeff Greenlaw, Todd Hlushko, Dave Lorentz, Randy Pearce and Steve Seftel; and right wings John Purves, Reggie Savage and Thomas Sjogren.
Goalie Byron Dafoe, defenseman John Slaney and right wing Steve Martell were returned to the juniors.
The Capitals tied the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-3, at the Baltimore Arena to finish with a 1-5-4 preseason record. They open the National Hockey League regular season Friday at the Capital Centre against Pittsburgh.
The Skipjacks began their exhibition season Saturday in the first game of the Arena doubleheader, which drew 5,781, by beating the Hershey Bears, 7-6. Savage scored three goals and handed out an assist . The Skipjacks will play the Bears tomorrow (7:30 p.m.) at Hersheypark Arena in their final exhibition game.
Today is reverse draft day in the NHL, and Washington most likely will be involved.