Washington Capitals Coach Terry Murray said he will give this year's first-round draft choice, defenseman John Slaney, a chance to show his stuff in Wednesday night's exhibition game against the Buffalo Sabres in Albany, N.Y.
The Capitals will play their last four exhibition games on consecutive nights. That schedule, and the need to fill some holes, means players such as Slaney, Ken Lovsin (who played last season for Team Canada) and goalie Byron DaFoe will get more work than they might have otherwise.
Murray said DaFoe would be in goal for Wednesday night's game. Orginally the plan was for DaFoe to return to his junior team in Portland, but with unsigned free agent Don Beaupre still holding out, the Capitals need to decide on another goalie to join Mike Liut. In the first six exhibitions, two goalies played about 30 minutes each. Now Murray will use them for full games. Liut will face the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday in Philadelphia and Saturday in Baltimore. Jim Hrivnak is scheduled to be in goal Friday, when the Capitals play New Jersey in Richmond.
The was no discussion yesterday between General Manager David Poile and the agents for holdout defenseman Kevin Hatcher and Beaupre. Hatcher's absence is the reason Slaney is not already back in the juniors.
"Unfortunately, nothing came out it," Hatcher said yesterday of the brief "philosophical" discussions Poile and Hatcher's agent, Ron Salcer, had last week. "I'm gathering my thoughts and I don't even know if I would go back now, no matter what they offered me. They aren't making any effort."Bud Poile Inducted
Poile was in Toronto yesterday for the Board of Governors meeting, but also to present his father, Bud, at his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
About 21 family members were in Toronto to help Bud Poile celebrate. Bill Barber, Gil Perrault and Fern Flaman also were inducted.
Poile played seven NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, Boston, Detroit, Toronto (with whom he won a Stanley Cup in 1947) and Chicago. He was general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks. He then served as a vice president with the World Hockey Association from 1974 to 1977 and then was president of the Central Hockey League. One trivia note: Acccording to the NHL office, Bud Poile played in the only game (Toronto vs. Chicago in 1942) in league history to have no goals and no penalties. . . .
Kelly Miller, who slightly sprained his knee in Saturday's 6-3 exhibition victory over Boston, took part in all aspects of yesterday's practice at Mount Vernon Recreation Center and appeared fine.