LANDOVER -- The Washington Capitals last night signed defenseman Mikhail Tatarinov, their first Soviet player, and hope he will be ready to play for them Tuesday night at The Spectrum against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tatarinov, 24, was the Capitals' 11th-round selection in the 1984 entry draft. He has been playing for the Soviet Elite League champion Moscow Dynamo, and, in 44 games, had 11 goals, 10 assists and 34 penalty minutes.
"This is my dream come true," Tatarinov said through an interpreter. "I have always wanted to play in the National Hockey League."