Six players who spent much of last winter as Washington Captials performed in Hershey uniforms this afternoon and none did much enhance his chances of a quick return to Capital Centre as the Bears battled to an 8-8 exhibition tie with the Binghamton Whalers.
Although Greg Polis, Gary Rissling and Mark Lofthouse were credited with goals, other deficiencies outweighed them. Glen Currie and Antero Lehtonen went scoreless, while goalie Rollie Boutin Yielded four goals in 31 1/2 minutes.
The only Washington farmhand to raise any eyebrows was center Tim Tookey, who connected with a flashy backhander on a breakaway, collected three assists and displayed excellent moves all day. However, Tookey will not move up unless the Capitals should decide to trade center Guy Charron for a defenseman.
That is unlikely but not impossible, considering the state of Washington's defense. Yvon Labre, the No. 6 man, still has occasional problems with fluid on his right knee. Of the three candidates for future promotion, Howard Walker and Greg Theberge have been nursing nagging injuries, while Leif Svensson's status remains a mystery.
"I really don't know what I'm doing," Svensson said after he worked out this morning with a group of supernumeraries and did not dress for the exhibition. "I'll do whatever they tell me to do. I have confidence in myself. I want to play for the Capitals and I think I can play here (for Washington)."
Svensson may get a chance in Friday's sold-out exhibition here against Philadelphia, since the Capitals play three games in three days and neither Labre nor Pierre Bouchard, still slowed by a charley horse, is ready to go that route.
Jean Pronovost, with five goals in four games, was chosen player of the week by The Hockey News . . . Heaviest Capital at 223 pounds is Pat Ribble, followed by Paul Mulvey, 222; Bouchard, 220, and Rick Green, 219. . . The first official cuts are set for Thursday morning.