The Washington Capitals sent veteran center Glen Currie to the Los Angeles Kings yesterday for left wing Daryl Evans.
It was a trade involving players who had made important contributions to their respective teams, but finished last season in the American League and faced bleak prospects when training camps open a week from today.
"The trade will give both Daryl and Glen fresh starts," said Washington General Manager David Poile. "Daryl is coming off his second consecutive good season in New Haven and he could help us. Glen wasn't going to play for us, but he could fit in with L.A."
The Kings are a bit short at center, with Terry Ruskowski moving to Pittsburgh and Bob Miller released. On the other hand, the Capitals need a left wing who can score and the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Evans, who scored 51 goals at New Haven two seasons ago, will get a chance.
Evans, 24, led Los Angeles in scoring in the 1982 Stanley Cup playoffs with 13 points in 10 games. His overtime goal in Game Three helped the Kings upset Edmonton in the first round that year. Like so many others, he had fallen into disfavor during the recent managerial and coaching changes in Los Angeles. Last year, he had 22 goals in 59 games at New Haven.
Currie, 27, was a standout member of the Capitals' Gee Whiz Line with Gaetan Duchesne and Bob Gould until he reported out of shape a year ago and was in disfavor. Currie had only one goal while getting limited duty in 44 games before he drew permanent assignment to Binghamton in February.
The Capitals have invited goaltenders Mike Blake, 29, and Rick St. Croix, 30, to training camp on a tryout basis. Blake was released by Los Angeles, St. Croix by Toronto.
With young Alain Raymond joining the Canadian Olympic team, the Capitals have only three goalies in the organization -- Pat Riggin, Al Jensen and Bob Mason.
Poile reported no progress in the Bob Carpenter contract talks, making it almost certain the center will miss the opening of camp.