Per a team release, the Washington Capitals have signed forward Joel Rechlicz to an NHL entry-level contract and recalled him to Washington from the Hershey Bears. Rechlicz leads the AHL in PIMs this year with 184 and has two points, a goal and an assist. Color me puzzled – it seems like a waste of salary cap space for a player who has averaged 4:18 of ice time per game in his career in the NHL. It screams Dale Hunter, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
The Capitals have also recalled Cody Eakin from the Bears. Eakin has played most of the last three months in Washington, but spent the All-Star break in Hershey getting consistent playing time. This move makes sense, obviously.
Washington practices at 2 PM on Monday; both players will partake in the skate.
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