Stocking of new NHL teams shouldn't diminish Caps' stock

June 24, 1993|By Brian Fishman | Brian Fishman,Staff Writer

QUEBEC -- At today's NHL expansion draft, the Washington Capitals could lose two of three players with significant places in team history.

* Defenseman Rod Langway, 36, a two-time Norris Trophy winner with the Caps and second in team history in games played (726) to Mike Gartner (758).

* Goalie Don Beaupre, 31, who holds the Capitals record for most career wins (104).

* Left wing Bob Carpenter, 29, the former No. 1 draft pick who had five straight seasons in Washington with at least 27 goals, including a 53-goal season in 1984-85.

These three veterans are among 13 unprotected Capitals available to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Florida Panthers. With each, though, there is baggage that might frighten the two new clubs into a different direction and younger players such as Kevin Kaminski or Trevor Halverson.

Whoever the two expansion teams select today, Washington surely will retain its nucleus. For most of the 24 teams that will forfeit a pair of skaters -- either older veterans or prospects who haven't lived up to expectations -- the losses will hit only the outer edges of the roster.

"Like a kid, you want to keep all your toys," Capitals general manager David Poile said. "Nobody wants to lose any of their assets. You saw that [Sunday] as there were a lot of deals. Teams cut their losses by trading away their depth. It's hard to say. Will we lose a goalie? Will we lose two forwards?"

Here's how the two chapters of the draft will unfold: In Phase I, each of the 24 teams will lose two players (one forward and one goalie or defenseman). The existing clubs submitted protected lists to the league office Sunday of one goalie, five defensemen and nine forwards. Other than first-year players -- for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks, first- and second-year players -- the rest are available to Florida and Anaheim, which will each choose three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards.

Then, in Phase II tomorrow, the Sharks, Senators and Lightning can draft two players each from the just-completed rosters of the newest clubs, that will protect one goalie, five defensemen and 10 forwards. After drafting a player, Tampa Bay, San Jose and Ottawa must unprotect another player at that position, who then can be taken by the Panthers and Mighty Ducks.

Langway, who more than anyone else over the past decade has symbolized the hard-working identity of the franchise, could be tempting to anew team. Langway left the club in March in a dispute over his on-ice role with the Caps, but he still could help the Ducks or Panthers by being a mentor for their young defensemen.

Beaupre has proven himself as one of the top goalies in the league for four straight seasons, but his age (he'll be 32 in September), high salary and the number of other available goalies could keep him with Washington.

With Carpenter, and fellow left wing Randy Burridge, career-threatening knee injuries could make their selections a risk. But Burridge scored 67 points in 66 games in 1991-92, so he could supply offense.

"Yes, I am concerned about Randy's value," Poile said. "The problem with Randy is he's had two knee operations. I'm hoping that he'll stay here."

A few teams are gambling that their prospects will be overlooked. Reggie Savage was acquired by the Quebec Nordiques from Washington Sunday, but he was placed among Quebec's unprotected players.

UNPROTECTED LIST

Members of the Washington Capitals and some notable players around the NHL who will be available in Phase I of today's expansion draft. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Florida

Panthers each will choose 24 players -- three goalies, eight defensemen and 13 forwards:

Capitals: G: Don Beaupre, Byron Dafoe, Olaf Kolzig. D: Bob Babcock, Rod Langway, Jim Mathieson, Brad Schlegel. F: Randy Burridge, Bob Carpenter, Trevor Halverson, Mike Hough, Kevin Kaminski, Randy Pearce

Bruins: F: Dimitri Kvartalnov, Dave Poulin, Vladimir Ruzicka.

Sabres: G: Dominik Hasek.

Blackhawks: G: Ray Leblanc. D: Craig Muni. F: Rob Brown, Dave Christian, Michel Goulet.

Stars: D: Gord Murphy. F: Neal Broten.

9/Red Wings: G: Vincent Riendeau. D: Mark Howe.

Oilers: F: Scott Mellanby.

Kings: G: Robb Stauber. D: Mark Hardy, Tim Watters. F: Dave Taylor.

Canadiens: D: J.J. Daigneault. F: Guy Carbonneau, Denis Savard.

Devils: G: Peter Sidorkiewicz. D: Viacheslav Fetisov, Alexei Kasatonov. F: Peter Stastny.

Islanders: G: Glenn Healy. D: Tom Kurvers. F: Brian Mullen, David Volek, Mick Vukota.

Rangers: F: Phil Bourque.

Flyers: F: Keith Acton.

E;Penguins: G: Ken Wregget. D: Paul Stanton. F: Troy Loney.

Nordiques: G: Mark Fitzpatrick. D: Steven Finn, Mikhail Tatarinov. F: Paul MacDermid, Reggie Savage.

Blues: D: Doug Crossman. F: Rich Sutter.

Sharks: D: Doug Wilson. F: Kelly Kisio.

Lightning: F: Steve Kasper, Chris Kontos.

Maple Leafs: G: Daren Puppa. F: John Cullen, Mike Krushelnyski.

Canucks: G: John Vanbiesbrouck, Kay Whitmore. D: Dave Babych

Jets: G: Jim Hrivnak. D: Randy Carlyle, Mike Lalor. F: John Druce

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