The Washington Capitals have acquired right wing Paul MacDermid from the Winnipeg Jets for defenseman Mike Lalor, Capitals general manager David Poile announced yesterday.
MacDermid, 28, has 10 goals, 11 assists and 151 penalty minutes in 59 games this season with the Jets. He was acquired by the Jets from the Hartford Whalers in December 1989. MacDermid, who began in the NHL with Hartford in 1981, had his best season offensively in 1988-89, when he scored 17 goals and had 27 assists in 74 games for the Whalers.
Lalor, 28, has been with the Capitals since July 1990. This season, he had five goals and seven assists in 63 games.
* Ten days ago, both were skating in the gold-medal game in the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Tonight, both will be playing for the last-place Skipjacks in an American Hockey League game against the first-place Springfield Indians at the Baltimore Arena.
Defensemen Jason Woolley and Brad Schlegel both signed professional contracts with the Washington Capitals in the past several days, and both have been assigned to the Skipjacks.
Schlegel, 23, has played in two games since signing Friday and got his first AHL assist Sunday in Hershey, Pa. Woolley, 22, signed with the Capitals on Sunday and will make his debut tonight.
"Both will definitely help us, and, hopefully, they will give us a needed lift," said Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz, who is 0-2-1 as head coach. "Schlegel is starting to find his way, and I'm looking forward to having Woolley. This should make us a much stronger team on the blue line."
Capitals left wing Dave Tippett, who is nursing bruised ribs, played with Woolley and Schlegel on Team Canada, which won the silver medal in the Olympics. "Both are very good players," Tippett said. "They are a lot alike, and yet they are opposite. Both are young and quick and have good ice sense. Schlegel is sort of the classic, stay-at-home defenseman, and Woolley moves the puck and is very creative. He likes to jump up and take part in the offense."