The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Joel Rechlicz to a one-year, two-way contract extension.
Before the 08-09 season, Rechlicz signed a 3 year entry-level contract with the New York Islanders. On March 5, 2009, Rechlicz made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders, recording an assist in the game. That same year Rechlicz played 17 games in the NHL from going to the ECHL to the NHL in a very short amount of time. During the 2009-10 season, Rechlicz made the Islanders out of training camp and started the year in the NHL shortly after he was assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for more playing time.
On July 13, 2010, Rechlicz had an agreement with the Islanders for a mutual release of his contract for reasons unknown and was put on Unconditional waivers by the Islanders, his last year of his NHL contract was terminated and he became an unrestricted free agent after he cleared waivers on July 14, 2010. On July 29, 2010, Rechlicz without an NHL offer, signed a one-year AHL deal with the Hershey Bears despite appearing in only 28 games with the Bears, Rechlicz was signed to a one-year extension for the 2011-12 season on July 29, 2011. After signing with NHL affiliate, the Washington Capitals midway through the season, on February 3, 2012, after three games the Washington placed Rechlicz on waivers, and he was sent down to return to the Bears after he cleared waivers on February 4, 2012. Rechlicz posted 154 penalty minutes in 40 games with Hershey and Portland of the AHL last season.
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