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.Harry Hawkings is a college student who covers the Caps for RtR. Follow him on Twitter here.
I couldn't agree more about your take on Rechlicz--who is nothing more than your standard brain dead goon. Perhaps Dale Hunter sees (and relishes) his own reflection in that guy. As for Cody Eakin (like Mathieu Perrault and Marcus Johannssen),he needs CONSISTENT playing time. Like the two aforementioned forwards, Eakin is a goal scorer and he needs ice time to get (and KEEP) his rhythm. But Dale has it twisted. The Caps, unlike bygone years, struggle mightily to score two goals against strong, playoff contending clubs--especially on the road. And that's precisely the kind of team they figure to face in the post season. While I couldn't figure out why McPhee was sooooooooo willing to let TomasFleischman walk a couple of years back, his loss doesn't explain the drop off from a league high 313 goals in 2009 to their paltry offensive output in the year and a half since then. Washington needs scorers on all three lines and Kusnetsov can't get here quickly enough as far as I'm concerned--especially since they STILL stink in their own end and in front of both nets...
Anyway, that's my slant on things...