Caps should have new faces on the bench
Are you ready for the return of the Wrecker?
The Capitals announced Wednesday that they have re-signed forward Joel Rechlicz to a one-year, two-way contract extension, bringing an added dimension of toughness to the organization.
Rechlicz, 26, is a bit of a throwback player. He still uses a wooden stick and is quick to settle a score with cheap-shot artists. He posted 154 penalty minutes in 40 games with Hershey and Portland of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season. He finished the 2012-13 ranked third on Hershey and 21st in the league in penalty minutes.
Rechlicz likely will begin next season in Hershey, but he's certainly a deterrent when it comes to defending star players.
Midway through the 2011-12 season, under Dale Hunter, Rechlicz made his Capitals debut on Jan. 31, 2012 against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. He played in three games for the Caps, including one against Montreal’s Rene Bourque, whose elbow to the face of Nicklas Backstrom sidelined him for three months that season. Rechlicz recorded 10 penalty minutes in those three games with the Caps.
Overall, the Brookfield, Wisc., native has played in 26 NHL games with the Caps and Islanders, collecting one assist and 105 penalty minutes.
In 162 career AHL games with Albany, Bridgeport, Hershey and Portland, Rechlicz has compiled two goals, two assists and 799 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound forward originally signed with the Islanders on May 6, 2008.