Capitals trade Tabaracci, get two from Jets

April 08, 1995|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer

The Washington Capitals granted goaltender Rick Tabaracci's wish yesterday and traded him, then increased their depth for the season-ending playoff run by working a deal with the Winnipeg Jets.

Tabaracci, 26, who wound up the odd man out in the Washington goaltending race, was traded to the Calgary Flames for a conditional fifth-round draft pick in 1995 or 1996.

Washington also sent 1995 third- and fifth-round picks to Winnipeg for center Mike Eagles (27 games, two goals, one assist) and defenseman Igor Ulanov.

Eagles, 32, is a gritty player who began his career with Quebec in 1982-83 and has spent the past four years with the Jets.

Ulanov, 25, played in 19 games this season, producing one goal and three assists before breaking his foot March 16. A 6-foot-2, 205-pound player, he is expected to be ready to resume action later this month.

When Washington acquired Tabaracci in March 1993, the team hoped he would stake a claim to the starting goaltender's job. But it seemed that every time he was about to make the step, he suffered an injury or illness.

Finally, the door opened for rookie Jim Carey, who has started every game since being called up from Portland of the American Hockey League on March 2.

Tabaracci became the team's third goaltender, behind Carey and another rookie, Olie Kolzig.

"If we had been scoring from the beginning, like we are now, I'd be 5-1-1 instead of 1-3-2," said Tabaracci. "But a lot of it is timing, and they've got it going right now."

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