Searching for depth, Caps reacquire wing Krygier Poile wants to pad bench in time for playoff run

March 09, 1996|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

The Washington Capitals traded for a familiar face yesterday, acquiring left wing Todd Krygier from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for goalie Mike Torchia.

Krygier was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 2, 1995, when he asked general manager David Poile to send him to a team on which he could get playing time. "He's coming home," said Poile. "You don't usually bring people back unless you think they can help. We sent him out a high school grad and he's coming back after college.

"He's a better player now, a more mature player. He has always been a good person and the only differences we had was that he wanted the opportunity to play more so he could raise his level of play."

With Washington from the 1991-92 season to the 1993-94 campaign, Krygier, 30, often found himself not dressing for games. With Anaheim, he has become the Ducks' third-leading scorer with 37 points (nine goals, 28 assists).

He will join Washington in St. Petersburg, Fla., tomorrow for the ,, 1: 30 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Capitals are 3-1-1 in their past five games, but yesterday Poile said he believes his team has "dodged a bullet," getting through the past two weeks in such fashion without leading scorer Peter Bondra and defensemen Mark Tinordi and Brendan Witt.

Bondra (groin) and Tinordi (concussion) will return today. But Poile said he knows his team will need more depth as it moves farther into its playoff drive.

"Todd will give us depth," said Poile. "He can play all three forward positions and he's more mature. He realizes it's more important to play in the playoffs than to get individual ice time."

Torchia, who has played this season with the Michigan K-Wings and Orlando Silver Bears of the International Hockey League, the Hampton Road Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League and the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, is 8-9-3 in 25 games with a 3.93 goals-against average.

He will join his fifth team of the season, as Anaheim sends him to its AHL affiliate, the Baltimore Bandits.

Torchia's only NHL experience came last season when he played six games for the Dallas Stars, with a 3-2-1 record and 18 goals allowed.

Capitals today

Opponent: New York Rangers

Site: USAir Arena, Landover

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

TV/Radio: HTS/WWLG (1360 AM), WTEM (570 AM)

Outlook: After six days off, the Caps return with RW Peter Bondra, their leading scorer, and D Mark Tinordi, the team's blue-line enforcer, back in the lineup. Washington (31-25-8) has done surprisingly well in their absence, going 3-1-1 in its past five games. The Rangers, on the other hand, are struggling. They haven't won since before the Caps beat them at Madison Square Garden 12 days ago and are 0-3-2 in their past five. New York will be without RW Alexei Kovalev, who will serve a one-game suspension for his second high-sticking ejection, RW Pat Verbeek (separated shoulder), D Kevin Lowe (groin) and G Mike Richter (groin). Washington has sent rookie Andrew Brunette back to AHL Portland. The Caps will be without D Sergei Gonchar (flu) and D Brendan Witt (broken wrist).

Pub Date: 3/09/96

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