Ridley, Hatcher still unsigned HOCKEY

September 10, 1993|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Staff Writer

The Washington Capitals haven't signed their second-leading scorer or their captain, but general manager David Poile did reach agreement with forwards Dimitri Khristich, Pat Elynuik and Alan May yesterday.

Center Mike Ridley, who had 26 goals and 56 assists last season, has until tomorrow to file for arbitration.

Captain Kevin Hatcher, meanwhile, has told the Capitals he has decided to play out his option. That means Hatcher can continue to negotiate through this season, and, if no agreement is reached, test free agency next summer.

Khristich, Elynuik and May each signed one-year contracts with an option year. Khristich, who scored 31 goals last season, signed for approximately $675,000, giving him a $225,000 raise.

Elynuik accepted $525,000, and May $360,000.

The fact that Hatcher is not signed could give the Capitals cold chills next summer. The 6-foot-4 veteran had a career-best season a year ago with 34 goals and 45 assists.

"In the long run, we want Kevin Hatcher here," Poile said, "and we can continue to work on that this season, but my only worry now is this season and how we play."

Meanwhile, defenseman John Slaney also has decided to play out his option year. Slaney, 21, played his first pro season for the Baltimore Skipjacks last season and finished fourth on the team in scoring with 20 goals and 66 points. He was third among American Hockey League defensemen in scoring.

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