August 22, 2019

Capitals recall fighter Joel Rechlicz from AHL Hershey

On the first day back from the NHL All-Star break, the Washington Capitals made a move to address what apparently some in the organization felt was a need, signing and recalling noted pugilist Joel Rechlicz from AHL Hershey and placing the 24 year old forward on the active roster.  He will wear No. 54 for the Caps.

Joel Rechlicz at Caps Training Camp in Sept. 2011 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Rechlicz, known for his hammer fists in the “A”, has one goal and one assist in 27 games with Hershey this season.  He leads the AHL in penalty minutes with 184.  Last season for the Bears, Rechlicz played 28 games and posted one goal and 132 PIMs.

Rechlicz has accumulated 562 penalty minutes in 105 career AHL games with Hershey, Bridgeport and Albany.  The 6’4″, 220-pound forward played 23 HNL games with the New York Islanders in the 2008-09 season, with one assist and 95 penalty minutes.

Eakin, 20, has collected eight points (four goals, four assists) and a plus-three rating in 27 NHL games this season. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 1 vs. Anaheim and recorded his first NHL point (an assist) and scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 4 at Carolina.

Just by looking at his stats, one can tell that the only “skill” Rechlicz brings to the Capitals is his fighting skills and he uses them whenever he gets the chance.  It’s interesting — and maybe a little distressing — that the Caps feel like they need this type of presence on the team these days.  Of course, the way Coach Dale Hunter has employed his fourth line, it’s not like Rechlicz will be taking up the roster space of anyone that was playing a whole lot anyway.

Of course, this could just be a temporary situation, with the Caps on the road this week against Tampa Bay and Montreal, with noted antagonists Steve Downie and Rene Bourque.  Regardless, Rechlicz won’t play more than four minutes a night and will only be asked to punch someone when he does get a sweater.

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Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Nats and the Caps, and previously wrote Nats News Network and Caps News Network. Dave’s first sports hero was Bobby Dandridge. Follow Dave’s Capitals coverage on Twitter @CapitalsDSP.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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