Perreault heading to Finland

Perreault heading to Finland
November 24, 2012, 9:15 am
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Washington Capitals center Mathieu Perreault (85) skates with the puck against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

(Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE)

When Mathieu Perreault decided to become the latest Capital to work overseas, was it because he wants a three-week tuneup before returning to Washington for an abbreviated season?

Or is it because there is an increasing threat that the NHL will shut its doors for an entire season for the second time in eight years?

Either way, the Caps’ 24-year-old forward is expected to sign with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish SM-liiga sometime next week.

Perreault is coming off his first full NHL season with the Caps. He scored 16 goals and added 14 assists in 64 games last season and was rewarded with a two-year, $2.1 million contract.

Perreault will becomes the eighth Capital to head overseas during the NHL lockout, joining Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom [Dynamo Moscow of the KHL], Jason Chimera [HK Chomutov of the Czech League]; Michal Neuvirth [Sparta Praha of the Czech League], Wojtek Wolski [KH Sanok in Poland], Brooks Laich [Kloten Flyers in Switzerland] and Marcus Johansson [BIK Karlskoga of the Swedish second-tier league].