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Trade: Caps, Coyotes flip AHL tough guys

Apr 2, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

Joel Rechlicz

The Phoenix Coyotes and Washington Capitals exchanged minor league pugilists on Tuesday — the ‘Yotes sent Joel Rechlicz back to Washington in exchange for Matthew Clackson.

Rechlicz, 25, appeared in three games for the Capitals last year after forging a reputation as one of the toughest players in the AHL. He racked up a whopping 267 penalty minutes in just 44 games with Hershey, fighting 17 times.

Clackson, 27, has spent time with the Flyers, Canucks and Capitals organizations but has yet to appear in an NHL contest.

His biggest claim to fame was his 2008-09 AHL campaign with the Philadelphia Phantoms, during which he fought 33 times (not a typo) in 80 games, racking up 263 penalty minutes.


  1. rsl22 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    When the Caps found out they weren’t getting Jagr, they went after their number two target.

  2. yotesfan61 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Woohoo!! Lets trade AHL fighters when we need goal scorers!!


    • valoisvipers - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      I think your team needs an owner. Glad to hear from a Yotes fan and hope that the team finds security soon. Ray the Wizard should have been resigned.

  3. operwapitsai - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I kinda want to see the caps get some picks. im not saying we need to rebuild but out top players are all about the same age plus ribero. we need some “young guns”

    • bethgoesglobal - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      We have several “young guns” already nearing the NHL; namely F. Forsberg, and Kunzetzov (sp?). However, 1st round picks are always a good commodity and this draft year is supposed to be pretty strong.

  4. rocktheredskins - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Croby is better than that guy.

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