LAKE PLACID, N.Y., SEPT. 17 -- The Washington Capitals' next exhibition game is Wednesday night in Hartford. It will mark a homecoming of sorts for goalie Mike Liut, although he played against his former Whaler teammates in Sunday night's 4-4 tie in Norfolk.

One of the opponents was left wing Yvon Corriveau, the other half of the March 5 trade. Corriveau was the 19th pick and the Capitals' first choice in the 1985 draft.

Management felt Corriveau would be able to use his height (6 feet 1), weight (195 pounds) and speed to score a multitude of goals and brought him up quickly, hoping he could make the transition right away. But that scenario never panned out. Corriveau doesn't always use his skills to make the right play.

In 96 NHL games over his first four seasons, Corriveau scored 14 goals and had 12 assists. He played 50 games with the Capitals last season, but had only nine goals and six assists. In 13 regular season games with the Whalers, Corriveau had four goals and one assist.

"He's played pretty well in camp, and he did pretty well for us in the playoffs," Hartford General Manager Eddie Johnston said.

"At first it was tough last year," Corriveau said of the trade. "Liut was a big name there and it was in the back of my mind."

Corriveau is not a sure bet for a spot on the Whalers' roster.

"Not on our team," Johnston said. "We've got 10 guys for four spots on the left side." No Progress on Holdouts

There was no movement on the contractual fronts of holdout defenseman Kevin Hatcher and unsigned free agent goalie Don Beaupre.

Beaupre and his agent, Ron Simon, are very conscious of Ron Hextall's recent deal with Philadelphia that reportedly will pay him $1 million a year.

"The number is way up there," Beaupre said. "I'm not saying I'm in Hextall's category; he's obviously one of the top goalies in the league. All that means to me is that salaries are going way up."

Beaupre, who played out his option, made $225,000 last season, and is looking for something in the neighborhood of $400,000 a year.