Capitals get Quenneville, Whalers defenseman

October 04, 1990

The Washington Capitals yesterday acquired defenseman JoelQuenneville from the Hartford Whalers for future considerations.

Quenneville, 6 feet 1, 200 pounds, played in only 44 games last season but is third on the Whalers' all-time games list with 457.

"I have mixed emotions about this," Quenneville, twice voted Hartford's most valuable defenseman, said. "I had my mind all set to go to Springfield [Mass. of the American Hockey League]. I was all geared up for it. But at least now I'll still be in the NHL.

"I guess they need defensemen right away. They wouldn't have traded for me if they didn't need me."

Quenneville, 32, entered the National Hockey League in 1978 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and also played for the Colorado Rockies and New Jersey Devils. He was traded to Calgary in the spring of 1983, but was traded to Hartford with Richie Dunn for Mickey Volcan before playing for the Flames.

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