Capitals All-Star Hatcher ends holdout Goaltender Beaupre signs one-year deal

October 03, 1990|By Jerry Bembry

The Washington Capitals' outlook brightened yesterday when All-Star defenseman Kevin Hatcher, who sat out the entire preseason in a contract dispute, ended his holdout and Don Beaupre, the starting goaltender for most of last season, reported after signing a new contract.

Hatcher, 24, had missed training camp in an effort to get hi three-year contract renegotiated. Owner Abe Pollin said he would not discuss contract terms until Hatcher reported to camp. Spokesman Lou Corletto said Hatcher and general manager David Poile would discuss a new contract within the next few days.

Hatcher was one of five Capitals -- and the only defenseman -- to play in all 80 games last season. He led the team's defensemen with 13 goals and 41 assists, finishing with a career-best 54 points. He was Washington's lone representative to the All-Star Game and was tied for second on the team in playoff assists with eight, despite missing the Prince of Wales Conference finals with a knee injury.

Beaupre, 29, who started most of the games during the Capitalsmarch through the 1989-90 National Hockey League playoffs, also held out of preseason camp before coming to terms Monday.

"It's a good thing to happen for us," Poile said. "Last year, w thought we had our best goaltending tandem in Capitals history. Now, we'll have that intact."

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