Welcome to Caps 'Round the Clock, a blog covering the Washington Capitals and the NHL. In season, I update the Blog after every practice and on game day with Caps news and information, and then provide a recap and analysis after each contest. I also write a periodical Prospect Watch and weekly feature pieces on the state of the Men in Red and other things Capitals. And of course, I will post videos and tidbits from around the League and offer my two cents as the season wears on. In the offseason, I write a Report Card for each player, and will keep you updated on all the news about the Caps through the summer. I'm glad you're here, and hope you come back!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Capitals Sign Mathieu Perreault

As first reported by Caps senior writer Mike Vogel, the Washington Capitals have signed restricted free agent center Mathieu Perreault to a one-year, two-way deal for the 2011-12 season.  The deal will pay Perreault $550K next season at the NHL level, according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS.
Perreault, 23, played in 35 games at the NHL level last season, scoring 7 goals and adding 7 assists while compiling a -3 rating and 20 penalty minutes.  The young Canadian, at this point, is being signed on for organizational depth, and does not figure to play a large role in Washington's plans this upcoming season, even though Bruce Boudreau did indicate when asked after Wednesday's scrimmage that he would be in the mix for one of the final roster spots come September. He should, however, spend most of 2011-12 in Hershey with the Bears.
That's not meant to me a knock on young Matty P, because he certainly has potential.  He has good stick skills, is fast, and can control the puck.  But his size is going to make it extremely difficult for him to be a star at the NHL level. He will see some time with the big club this year, mainly as an injury replacement, and will have some good games, no doubt. But for the most part, it appears as though his time has come and gone with the Caps.

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