Caps get bigger, tougher

Caps get bigger, tougher
January 30, 2012, 4:37 pm
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With Dale Hunter as coach, it seemed only a matter of time before the Capitals added some size and toughness to an otherwise talented roster.

On Monday, both needs were addressed when they signed 6-foot-4, 220-pound forward Joel Rechlicz to a one-year contract and recalled him from the AHL Hershey Bears. The Caps also recalled rookie forward Cody Eakin, who was assigned to Hershey on Wednesday. Rechlicz and Eakin are expected to be at the Capitals 2 p.m. practice today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

A hard-hitting 24-year-old native of Brookfield, Wisc., Rechlicz earned the nickname Wrecker early in his career and has backed it up this season, recording one goal, one
assist and an AHL-leading 184 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Bears.

In 28 games with the Bears last season Rechlicz posted one goal and 132 penalty minutes. He has played in 23 NHL games with the New York Islanders from 2008-10, collecting one assist and 95 penalty minutes.

In 105 career AHL games with Albany, Bridgeport and Hershey, Rechlicz has compiled two goals, two assists and 562 penalty minutes. He will wear No. 54 for the Capitals.
Eakin, 20, has collected eight points (four goals, four assists) and a plus-three rating in 27 NHL games this season. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 1.

Eakin has recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 20 games with Hershey in the AHL this season.