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.