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Caps sign AHL penalty minutes leader, Dale Hunter seems pleased

Jan 30, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

Joel Rechlicz

The Washington Capitals have signed noted tough guy Joel Rechlicz to a one-year deal and recalled him from AHL Hershey — a pleasant development for head coach Dale Hunter, who celebrated by breaking the record for most uses of the word tough/toughness:

“A lot of teams have heavyweights and he’s going to add toughness to our team,” Hunter said. “He’s a tough character and he’s just a tough guy you can have on the road.

“It’s a game-time decision if he plays, but he gives the team some more toughness.”

Rechlicz will join the Caps for their two-game road trip to Florida, where they’ll play the Lightning on Tuesday and the Panthers on Wednesday.

Wondering what to expect from the man they call “Wrecker”? Well…

Rechlicz is 6-foot-4, 230 lbs. He led the AHL with 184 penalty minutes this year, fighting 12 times in 27 games. Over the last three seasons he’s fought 41 times between the NHL (he had a couple cups of coffee with the Islanders) and AHL, with his most famous battle coming in the American League against Bridgeport’s Brett Gallant:

It’s no surprise that Hunter spoke glowingly about adding the AHL’s PIM leader to his lineup. Hunter is, after all, the Caps’ all-time leader in penalty minutes (2003) and the NHL’s second-most penalized player all time.

  1. dipthatchip - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    the Caps already have a talentless lug by the name of DJ King…why the hell are we giving this guy a sweater?

    • t9tookey - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      King is in Hershey and he’s injured

  2. spiffy53 - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    he’s going to need to put his big boy pants on up in the NHL. he marginally lost to a smaller guy in that one.

    • t9tookey - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      Wrecker will be fine, he can lay it down with the best. Good luck Wrecker!

  3. xxshookonexx - Jan 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    He looks like the guy who fought Youngblood

    • titknocker - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:04 AM

      F’n Rakki, I said the same thing when i saw the pic!!!

  4. kingjoe1 - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    That was a heck of a fight!

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Please end the career of Cindy Crosbaby!

    • yettyskills - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      Stay Classy California

  6. bcjim - Jan 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Mtl coming up again. Cant send Hendricks (God bless him) out to take another beating from Borque. Backstrom still hasnt even skated, some actual retribution may be in the offing..

  7. stefano9319 - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Another no talent useless body on the ice. And for the shark fan, I’m not Crosby fan but wish that upon someone you must be a complete ass. Remember karma will bit you in the ass one day.

  8. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    It’s “bite” not “bit” you reject.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM

      Tao of the Internet: when you know you’re wrong, point out your critic’s spelling errors. This will surely show the commenters your wisdom.

  9. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Teams should really stop signing these guys. If NHL teams make it clear that being able to fight but not being able to do anything else of value is NOT a ticket to The Show then we’ll see players aspiring to be big league goons disappear. I’m not against fighting, but an NHL player should be able to do more than just fight.

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