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Washington re-ups with Perreault: two years, $2 million

Jul 5, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

Mathieu Perreault

The Washington Capitals have rewarded RFA forward Mathieu Perreault for a career year in 2011-12, giving the 24-year-old a two-year deal worth (approximately) $2 million.

The club did not release the financial terms, but RDS’ Renaud Lavoie reports the average annual value will be “a little more than $1 million per season.”

(Nice raise for Perreault, who was making $525,000 last year.)

“This is where I wanted to be,” Perreault told the Washington Times. “This is the team that gave me my first chance, and I really wanted to get a deal done with the Caps and I’m happy to get it done today.”

Perreault, Washington’s sixth-round pick in 2006, posted career highs in almost every significant category last year. He played in 64 games while recording 16G-14A-30PTS, averaging over 12 minutes per night.

A former scoring sensation with Acadie-Bathurst of the QMJHL — he scored 233 points over his final two seasons in junior — Perreault fell out of the rotation in last year’s playoffs, appearing in just four of Washington’s 14 postseason games.

It’ll be curious to see how he fits under new Caps head coach Adam Oates.

Oates is on record saying he doesn’t “see any reason to change” the style Dale Hunter implemented last season, and that works well for Perreault considering last year was his breakout campaign.

If Oates does open things up offensively and employs a more uptempo style, Perreault could benefit as well. He gifted offensively and a talented passer, two qualities that defined Oates during his playing days.

  1. adlent - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Love this kid, glad the Caps kept him!

    • rsl22 - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      You shouldn’t. Semin inflated his numbers the same way he did for Chimera.

      MP was benched in the playoffs for a reason.

      • davidpcoelho - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        Because he is too small to block shots?

  2. bmoreredfury311 - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    I’m very happy to hear this deal, Matt reminds me of a Ovi/Backy in the way he’s not afraid of throwing his body around and taking on a bigger guy and the kid has great puck skills and Hockey I.Q. Semin didn’t help Matt’s numbers or Chimmy’s, they did that on their own. If anything they give Semin points for the assist. GMGM did a good job not letting this kid go and be a even bigger role for some other team, like Florida or Phoenix like Flash and Boydo. I think Otas already has a place picked out for him on the third/forth line and 2nd pp. Bring on Oct 12th.

  3. hockeyhome - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Glad to see the Caps sign him up for another 2 years. I agree with “bmoreredfury”; he has really good vision on the ice and super-soft hands. Besides, he’s a great character, very upbeat, and a little zany; probably a nice guy to have in the locker room. Gotta love those French Canadians! Looking forward to see him rockin’ the red again this fall.

  4. caps4cup - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Glad they signed Matty P. great skilled player

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