The Capitals have signed 19-year-old F Mike Siklenka to a three-year contract.

Siklenka, 6 feet 5, 224 pounds, switched from defense to forward at the beginning of last season and had 19 goals, 13 assists and 115 penalty minutes for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. He scored five game-winning goals, four power-play goals and added four playoff goals to help the Thunderbirds to a third-place finish in the West Division.

"We like him a lot," General Manager George McPhee said. "We're real pleased. He was drafted as a long shot and looks like one of those guys who will come through for us."

McPhee said Siklenka "is a hard-nosed player that definitely has a physical presence around the net."

Siklenka, a native of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, was the 118th player selected overall in the 1998 entry draft.

ISLANDERS LAND TWO: The Islanders signed free agent D Jamie Heward and C Chris Ferraro. Heward, who played for the Predators last season, finished with six goals and 12 assists in 63 games. Four of his six goals came on the power play.

Ferraro, who grew up on Long Island, played for the Oilers' farm team in Hamilton, Ontario, last season and led the team in goals (35), points (76) and game-winning goals (nine). The 26-year-old also played two games with the Oilers and scored a goal. Previously, Ferraro played for the Rangers and Penguins. . . .

The Coyotes hired former Islanders coaches Rick Bowness and Wayne Fleming as assistants. The additions give Coach Bobby Francis, who had never held a head coaching job in the NHL before being named as Jim Schoenfeld's replacement last month, two experienced assistants.

THE GRETZKY WAY: The Edmonton City Council will rename a street after Wayne Gretzky in October to honor the future Hall of Famer who led the Oilers to four Stanley Cup championships.