The Phoenix Coyotes added some toughness to the lineup today when they signed forward Joel Rechlicz to a one year, two-way contract according to www.phoenixcoyotes.com. Contract terms were not disclosed.
The 6’4, 235 lbs. winger has played in 26 career NHL games with the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders. The rugged forward has only one NHL point to his credit, but has amassed 105 penalty minutes in his brief tenure at the top level of professional hockey.
Last season, he spent most of his time with the Hershey Bears of the AHL where he posted one goal and one assist for two points. He was 2nd in the AHL in penalty minutes, spending 267 minutes in the sin bin in 2011-2012.
Over his career, Rechlicz has racked up 645 penalty minutes in 122 AHL games. The 25-year-old has scored two goals and two assists for four points in those 122 AHL games.
Rechlicz was obviously brought into the squad to protect those on his team and enforce when necessary. It is a good move for the Coyotes to bring in a proven fighter to test current enforcer Paul Bissonnette and keep him sharp. Rechlicz will have a chance to prove himself during camp and the preseason.