Capitals' Beaupre gets one-year offer, wants out

June 02, 1994|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Washington goaltender Don Beaupre was irked yesterday because the Capitals offered him a termination contract, meaning the team wants him back next season but isn't sure about two years from now.

"How can I be happy?" said Beaupre. "You do what you think is a good job. You play a big part in the first-round upset of Pittsburgh in the playoffs. And what reward do you get? If someone gives me a better deal, I'm going to take it."

Caps general manager David Poile said the decision is a "calculated risk" based on Beaupre's $925,000 deal and his age, 32.

"For financial reasons we did not want to commit beyond next season," said Poile, who is looking at contract negotiations with free-agent defenseman and team captain Kevin Hatcher and forward Joe Juneau this summer.

"I tried to tell him it was not a reflection on the season he played."

Termination contracts also were offered to center Kevin Kaminski and right wing Chris Longo, and the club also will not offer contracts to six draft picks: defensemen Ron Pascucci and Jason Gladney, left wings B. J. MacPherson and Andrew Brunette and right wings Frank Banham and Brian Stagg.

Meanwhile, Poile and team president Dick Patrick have reached agreement on a three-year contract. Patrick will take the papers to owner Abe Pollin for final approval before the end of the week.

Poile, in New York for general managers meetings, returned to Washington last night. He will begin meeting with coach Jim Schoenfeld today to review last season and discuss the coming draft and possible off-season moves.

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