* Washington General Manager David Poile has confirmed that he offered the Detroit Red Wings two first-round draft picks for All-Star left wing John Ogrodnick. The bid was rejected by Detroit General Manager Jimmy Devellano.
"We know we need a top-scoring winger, but there are only a handful of them and you can't put a price on those guys," Poile said. "We'll wait our turn and try to get one in the draft. To make a trade for one, we'd have to upset the whole chemistry of our team."
The success of Charlie Simmer following his trade from Los Angeles to Boston might have Poile wishing he had tried harder to land the big left wing, who will be 31 in March. Age was a key factor in Poile's passing on that one.
Asked if he regretted missing Simmer, Poile said, "Not now. I may regret it in the playoffs."
Poile declined to confirm names in a rumored deal with Hartford that failed to materialize. Supposedly, he was close to swinging a trade in December that would have sent goalie Al Jensen and winger Alan Haworth to the Whalers in exchange for forward David Jensen and a first-round draft choice.
"I've talked to Hartford many times and nothing has happened," Poile said. "I thought in December, when Hartford had a legitimate chance for a playoff spot, that something could be worked out. But now they'll certainly want to keep their top pick."
Poile said that no potential deals presently were under consideration, so any improvement for the stretch drive must come from within the organization. A logical move would be the recall of center Dean Evason from Binghamton, to replace slumping Glen Currie.