David Poile, general manager of the Washington Capitals, will meet today in Boston with free-agent center Bob Carpenter and his agent, Bob Murray, to try to narrow what both parties have said is a wide gap in their contract negotiations.

"We have a meeting set up for tomorrow morning," Murray said. "(Poile), Bobby and I will sit down and see what we can do. I have no idea how much progress we can make, but we're certainly making an effort. At the same time, we're continuing to talk to a couple other teams."

Carpenter, 22, who had 53 goals and 42 assists for the Capitals in 1984-85 while playing out his option, wants to remain in Washington. But he also wants the right offer, Murray said.

"He's been pretty consistent in what he wants," Murray said of Carpenter. "Obviously, he'd like to go back to Washington, but he feels it is as much up to David Poile as it is up to Bob Carpenter. If they want him, they know what we're looking for in an offer. If they're not willing to make that kind of offer, Bob will have to go somewhere else.

Poile was traveling yesterday and unavailable for comment.

While Poile is trying to hang onto one of his present stars, he announced yesterday the signing of a player the Capitals hope will be a star of the future. Yvon Corriveau, the team's first-round pick in the 1985 NHL entry draft in June, signed a five-year contract.

Corriveau, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound left wing, had 23 goals and 28 assists last season with the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association. Corriveau, 18, might have a chance to stay with the Capitals this season.

"We're always happy to have our first-round draft choice signed," Poile said in a statement.