PHILADELPHIA, SEPT. 28 -- Forward Bob Gould, the senior member of the Washington Capitals, was traded to the Boston Bruins today for "future considerations." Gould, 32, was an alternate captain and penalty-killing expert. He joined the club on Nov. 25, 1981, and was an important factor in the club's rise from laughingstock to Stanley Cup contender. "It makes me feel good to know that I was part of establishing the Washington Capitals as a top team," Gould said. "We were practically starting from scratch when {Coach} Bryan {Murray} came in and {General Manager} David {Poile} came in and the Washington Capitals turned into a first-class operation. "The only thing we haven't accomplished is being successful in the playoffs and I'm sorry I won't be here to see that happen. I have mixed feelings, leaving after all this time, but at least I'm going to a good organization. "I have to thank David for that. It was obvious he wasn't going to protect me in the waiver draft and this way it's a controlled situation. David got something out of it and I'm going to a playoff contender, instead of maybe to a last-place team." Although shocked, Gould said it was not out of the blue. He and Poile had met last spring and then before the start of training camp to discuss Gould's status. Gould is one of only two players still active who played with the Atlanta Flames and Poile was the general manager in that organization, so the two go back a long time. "He said that when you don't win in the playoffs, there are certain changes that you have to make," said Gould, whose 134 goals put him in the Capitals' top 10. "They wanted to use the younger players a lot more. I could see that coming." The waiver draft is scheduled Monday afternoon and Gould's departure means that Washington will be leaving only five players unprotected, all defensemen. They are Scot Kleinendorst, Mark Ferner, Dennis Smith, Brian Tutt and Kent Paynter. Poile made the deal while attending a meeting of general managers in Chicago and called Gould at Capital Centre. At that session Philadelphia's Bob Clarke worked out a deal that sent goalie Pete Peeters to Winnipeg. That averts the need to protect Peeters on Monday and it is likely that Winnipeg, which has no veteran goalies to protect, will ship him back on Tuesday. The Capitals may see Gould Saturday, because the Bruins play an exhibition at Capital Centre that night. "I haven't talked to {Boston General Manager} Harry Sinden, but I guess I could play Saturday," Gould said. "That would be an interesting farewell, wouldn't it?" Murray saluted Gould, calling him "one of my favorite guys. He was a hard-working guy who used the talent he had to the ultimate. His character, work ethic, the role he played checking and penalty killing, made him a valuable member of this team. "Most important he was a great guy who came to play every night. People like that are hard to let go. But we want to get some young blood in and Boston was interested and will give him a chance to play." The man who figures to replace Gould as the checking center on the fourth line is Rob Murray, who collected 235 penalty minutes last season as a troubleshooter at Baltimore. With Gould gone, the senior Capital becomes defenseman Scott Stevens, who arrived in the June 1982 entry draft. Gould's term as senior member of the team was brief, following the departure of Bengt Gustafsson and Mike Gartner. Gould said: "I was wondering if being the senior man was a good idea or not, the way they were leaving here."