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.