With all of their exhibition games finished and the regular-season opener facing them Friday night against Pittsburgh, the Washington Capitals made two trades yesterday.
Defensemen Bill Houlder, who had been wavering between the Skipjacks and the Caps, has been sent to the Buffalo Sabres for defenseman Shawn Anderson, and center-left wing Dave Tippett has been acquired from the Hartford Whalers for future considerations.
Anderson, 22, was Buffalo's first-round draft pick in the 1986 United States Hockey League entry draft. Last season, he played 39 games with Rochester in the AHL and 16 games with Buffalo.
Tippett, 29, is a seven-year veteran of the Whalers, who appeared in 66 games scoring eight goals.
General manager David Poile again said over the weekend that he has not reached any agreements with defenseman Kevin Hatcher, a hold out, or goalie Don Beaupre, who is a free agent.
The doubleheader at the Arena on Saturday drew 5,781 as the Jacks defeated Hershey 7-6 in the first game and the Caps and Philadelphia skated to a 3-3 tie.
Today is the NHL's waiver list day, with many players remaining unprotected from their clubs. Any player the Caps pick up must spend the entire season in Washington.
Tomorrow, the Jacks play an exhibition game in Hershey.