Matt Hendricks Signs New Contract

The Washington Capitals today announced a new 2-year contract for utility forward and Rock the Red favorite Matt Hendricks.  The website CapGeek.com is reporting his salary will be $800,000 for the next two years for a total of $1.6 million.  Here are the reactions of the Rock the Red team:

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Krafty:  Nothing says Hendricks like his black eye. Or maybe that backwards behind the legs goal he had against the Avs earlier in the season. 

Jumping the Glass:  That’s value right there, especially when you consider that Brads is pulling in $1M and Chimera $1.875M. The fans love him, the team loves him and I dare say HBO really turned a lot of hockey people onto him. Awesome.

Katie:  You just made my day!

Andy Green:  Hendricks is the new Konowalchuk, my kind of player. 

Read on!

Matt Hendricks, 29, is in his second full NHL season.  The Blaine, Minnesota, native has set career highs this season in games played (57), assists (12), points (19), penalty minutes (84), game-winning goals (2), shots on goal (86), fighting majors (12), snazzy breakaway/shootout goals (2, Video, Video), and general awesomeness.  He also scored his first career powerplay goal this year (backwards and behind the legs).  

He leads the team in fights and penalty minutes.  He has won 55.1% of his faceoffs.  He ranks only behind Alex Ovechkin and John Erskine in hits (121), he is 4th among team forwards in blocked shots (28).  Surprisingly, he is also 4th on the team in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (A/60) with 1.079, behind only Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Semin. 

Hendricks spent last season on the Colorado Avalanche as a teammate of Scott Hannan and coached by former Caps Joe Sacco and Steve Konowalchuk.  He scored 9 goals and 16 points in 56 games and appeared in 6 playoff games.  In his NHL career, he has played 117 games with 16 goals, 35 points, and 171 PIM.   Before joining the Avalanche in 2008-09, Hendricks played for coach Bruce Boudreau and Bob Woods on the 2006-07 AHL Hershey Bears. 

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