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Caps’ Perreault denies report he asked for trade

Jan 24, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

Mathieu Perreault

Washington forward Mathieu Perreault has responded to a story in La Presse, refuting the claim he asked for a trade out of the nation’s capital.

“All I want is a little bit more ice time and I talked to Adm Oates and George [McPhee] today about it,” Perreault told the Washington Times. “All I want is to play. I wanna be here. I don’t wanna go anywhere.

“If you guys read the article in French it doesn’t say that I asked for a trade. Never.”

On Wednesday, Marc Antoine Godin of La Pressse penned a piece based off an interview with Perreault, in which the Caps forward voiced his displeasure about his role and ice time thus far (he only played 3:52 in the season opener against Tampa, then just 4:58 in Tuesday’s loss to Winnipeg.)

A translation from Caps’ blog Russian Machine Never Breaks later emerged, in which Perreault was quoted as saying “trade me if I am not part of your plans.”

On Thursday, Perreault told the Times he never asked for a trade, but did admit to being frustrated about his role in Washington.

“I’m obviously not too happy. No one would be happy to be playing that much minutes,” he explained. “The headline says Perreault asks for a trade or something, but I never said I wanted to get traded. All I want is a little more minutes, that’s all.”

Perreault said he met with Oates and McPhee to discuss his role and classified it as a “good talk.”

The 25-year-old winger is coming off a career year in 2011-12, posting 16G-14A-30PTS in 64 games while averaging over 12 minutes per contest.

In July, the Caps gave Perreault a two-year, $2 million contract extension.

  1. dcfan4life - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    I just looked this up but Perreault, Johansson, Fehr, Hendricks, and Ward are all averaging less than 7 minutes a game. It is worth noting though the Capitals have given up a ton of penalties and only Hendricks can penalty kill. Still, thats surprising since all of them can score and Oates runs more of an offensive scheme. We shall see if it changes tonight.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      I guess Ovi is wasting all those guys minutes.
      Perreault is right in asking for more ice time as last year he got 16 goals and 14 assists playing an average of 12 minutes a game and played in only 64 games. Just maybe more ice time and power play time are justified.
      Ovi playing over 23 minutes a game hurts the team

      • dcfan4life - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Maybe Oates isnt a Perreault fan because Oates loves pressure physical style leading to turnovers and scoring opportunities and well Perreault is not a physical guy in any way. But you still need goal scorers to score when this kind of scheme works so i dunno. Well just like the Capitals im confused…

  2. ballistictrajectory - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Most coaches set a bar for playing minutes and if you don’t measure up you don’t get the minutes. Maybe some self-reflection would help his cause.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      ballistictrajectory I totally agree with you, yet Oates is giving Ovi over 23 minutes a game and he has just one point in 2 games, both losses to show for it. Should we expect a Walmart Rollback on Ovi’s minutes any time soon?

  3. dowhatifeellike - Jan 24, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Maybe he’s just not adapting to the new scheme as well as his teammates. There’s a lot more to dividing ice time than just talent.

  4. mp1113 - Jan 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Begs for more time, takes penalty in the first minute of the game. Solid

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