1997-98

Forwards: Trades for Esa Tikkanen, signs free agent Brian Bellows.

Defense: Trades D Sylvain Cote to Toronto for Jeff Brown (Brown played nine games for Capitals).

1998-99

Forwards: Signs free agent Jeff Halpern, trades for James Black.

Defense: Signs free agent Dmitri Mironov, acquires Enrico Ciccone for cash, trades for Alexei Tezikov (Mironov retired before contract expired, Ciccone played 43 games, Tezikov played 28 games).

1999-2000

Forwards: Signs free agents Glen Metropolit, Joe Sacco and Ulf Dahlen, claims Joe Murphy and Jim McKenzie off waivers.

Defense: None.

2000-01

Forwards: Signs free agent Craig Berube, trades for Trevor Linden, Dainius Zubrus and Dmitri Khristich.

Defense: Signs free agent Sylvain Cote, trades for Jason Marshall (Cote bought out before contract expires; Marshall played five games).

2001-02

Forwards: Trades for Jaromir Jagr, claims Ivan Ciernik off waivers.

Defense: Acquires Frantisek Kucera as a throw-in in Jagr trade (Kucera played 56 games, left as free agent).

2002-03

Forwards: Signs free agents Robert Lang and Kip Miller, trades for Mike Grier, Michael Nylander and Sergei Berezin, claims Andreas Salomonsson and Josh Green off waivers.

Defense: Signs free agent Jason Doig, trades for Joel Kwiatkowski, claims Rick Berry off waivers.