The Washington Capitals yesterday traded left wing Nick Kypreos to the Hartford Whalers for right wing Mark Hunter and future considerations.
Hunter, 29, the brother of Capitals center Dale Hunter, was a member of Calgary's 1989 Stanley Cup championship team. He has played for Hartford for the past two seasons, getting 10 goals and 13 assists in 63 games last season. His 159 penalty minutes were the second most for the Whalers last season.
"Nick expressed the desire to us to play at a higher level than he was with the Capitals," said Washington general manager David Poile. "We tried to comply with his wishes. Hunter comes from a good hockey family and is a scrappy player just like his brother Dale."
Kypreos, 26, was acquired by Washington in the waiver draft from Philadelphia in 1989, and scored four goals and had six assists in 65 games last season.
The Capitals also signed two free agents, wing Tim Bergland, who divided time between the Skipjacks and Capitals last season, and goalie Bernie Wolf. Wolf, who last played in the NHL in 1979, was signed so Washington would have two goalies to present in the expansion draft, but the NHL refused to accept that maneuver.
Mike Liut is a free agent; Don Beaupre and Jim Hrivnak have been protected; and Byron Dafoe and Ollie Kolzig are rookies and ineligible for the draft.
"At this point, John Ziegler has not accepted the filing of the contract of Bernie Wolfe," NHL spokesman Gary Meagher said. "It will not be accepted until Mr. Ziegler is satisfied that all aspects of the contract are in order as it relates to the expansion draft.
"He has discussed the matter with Washington Capitals management tonight and a further statement will be issued within the next 24 hours."
Wolfe played for the Capitals from 1975-76 to 1978-79, going 20-61-21 with a 4.17 goals-against average and one shutout.