Roger Crozier, Washington Capitals acting general manager, confirmed yesterday that he has discussed his team's surplus goaltending situation with Detroit General Manager Jim Devellano, but said no details of a trade have been worked out.

"He (Devellano) phoned me about our three goalies (Mike Palmateer, Dave Parro and Pat Riggin) because he thought we had one too many," said Crozier.

"I told him at this time we weren't too sure of Palmateer's status, healthwise. I'm not adverse to talking to people (about possible trades) but as far as Palmateer goes, any talk is subject to his passing a medical."

Palmateer, who has a history of knee problems, underwent surgery last winter to remove floating cartilage in his right knee. Although he hasn't played for Washington since Nov. 28, Crozier said Palmateer should be in the team picture this season.

"Right now everybody is still part of our game plan," he said. "My discussions with Jimmy (Devellano) are just in the talk stage. We're not anywhere close to doing anything. There are too many ifs, ands and buts.

"(If a deal is made) I'd have to see what he has in mind, and for which goaltender. Each would bring a different price, I'm sure."

Palmateer earns about $200,000 a year. He said this week he has not asked to be traded, but if he were forced to sit out, he would prefer to leave the Capitals.

Despite the team's financial uncertainty, Crozier said everything is "in good shape on the hockey end of it. I've accomplished what I set out to accomplish.

"Naturally, I would like to make a deal that would help the team immediately, but some people are a little reluctant right now," he said.