WASHINGTON (AP) – After sitting out the NHL’s frenzy of big names and big contracts, the Washington Capitals kept up their recent run of minor moves Friday by re-signing two players, adding two free agents and trading for a defenseman.

Left winger Matt Pettinger and minor league forward Louis Robitaille stayed with the club, defenseman Jamie Heward and left winger Boyd Kane signed free-agent deals, and Bryan Muir was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations.

Pettinger, drafted by Washington in the second round in 2000, had seven goals and five assists in 71 games with the Capitals in the 2003-04 season.

In four NHL seasons, he has 14 goals, eight assists and 83 penalty minutes in 143 games.

Robitaille, 23, was converted from a defenseman last season with Portland of the AHL.

Heward has played in 239 games over six seasons with four clubs, with totals of 25 goals, 45 assists and 116 penalty minutes.

He played in Switzerland the past three seasons. In his most recent NHL action, Heward had one goal and two assists in 28 games with Columbus in 2001-02.

Kane captained the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms to the AHL championship.

He had nine goals, 15 assists and 112 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Phantoms in 2004-05.

He’s appeared in seven NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Muir, 32, had one assist in two games with the Kings in the 2003-04 season. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Muir has five goals, 15 assists and 167 penalty minutes in 181 career games over nine NHL seasons.

AP-ES-08-12-05 1735EDT


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