News:Joel Rechlicz was traded from the Coyotes back to Washington in exchange for Matt Clackson on Tuesday.
Analysis:Joel Rechlicz signed with the Coyotes last offseason after playing three games with the Capitals in 2011-2012. He is a well known penalty box enthusiast and will return to Hershey where he was the Bears' Man of the Year last season.
News:Joel Rechlicz signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes on Wednesday, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Joel Rechlicz appeared in three NHL games with the Caps last season, and notched two assists and 267 PIMs in the AHL, good for second in the AHL in sin bin time.
News: Washington recalled Joel Rechlicz on Monday, Washington Post writer Katie Carrera reports.
Analysis:Joel Rechlicz has yet to see five minutes of NHL ice time this year, so he's far off the fantasy radar right now.
News: The Capitals placed Joel Rechlicz on waivers Tuesday, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The man who leads the AHL in penalty minutes this season will likely end up back there if he clears waivers. It's really the only column on the stat sheet that Joel Rechlicz fills, but if he makes it back to the NHL this season, that could be valuable.
News: The Capitals have signed Joel Rechlicz to an entry-level contract and recalled him from AHL Hershey, the Capitals' official site reports.
Analysis:Joel Rechlicz has recorded just one goal and one assist in 27 games in the AHL this season. However, he leads the AHL in penalty minutes with 184.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Islanders RW Trent Hunter will miss two to four weeks with a tear in his pectoral muscle, costing the Islanders one of their few proven two-way performers and top penalty-killing forwards for the next several games. Hunter was injured Thursday against Ottawa. LW Joel Rechlicz was recalled from Bridgeport (AHL). "(Hunter's) a guy we had penciled in for a certain number of goals, and he had a good camp and a good start to the year," coach Scott Gordon said. "Obviously this is a setback, but this isn't a long-term thing."
Analysis: While Gordon believes Rechlicz is more than just a checking-line forward, his track record speaks otherwise. Consider Rechlicz nothing more than a Fantasy flier in leagues that reward heavily for PIM.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Islanders RW Joel Rechlicz hopes to make the opening-night roster as the team's full-time enforcer after the 22-year-old tough guy totaled 68 penalty minutes in 17 late-season appearances last season. "I'm the guy. I'm the sheriff for the Islanders," Rechlicz said. "In everything I do, I want to provide toughness and show I'm not a liability."
Analysis: Islanders head coach Scott Gordon has been impressed with Rechlicz's work ethic and has even hinted he could serve a bigger role than just an enforcer. But that's what he has been his entire career -- including juniors -- and we don't see that changing anytime soon. Rechlicz is merely a Fantasy flier in leagues that reward heavily for PIM.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Islanders LW Joel Rechlicz has the chance to develop into more than just the enforcer he was advertised to be, according to coach Scott Gordon, who has been impressed by the rookie tough guy's improved skating ability since training camp. "He just soaks it all up," Gordon said. "Joel is a high-energy guy. He steps on the ice and he leaves everything out there. It's a unique thing to have a guy that wants to go out there and finish his checks. At the same time, he's going to drop the gloves when he has to. On top of that, when he doesn't play on the bench, there's a lot of life that comes from him. The best part of it is he's only 21."
Analysis: Rechlicz might have a future as more than an enforcer, but that hasn't been the case since his recall from the minors in March. He has one point in 11 games to 39 penalty minutes, which includes five fights. Right now, Rechlicz is only worth a look as a flier in leagues that reward heavily for PIM.
News: According to The Sports Xchange, Islanders LW Joel Rechlicz, a minor league enforcer who appeared in one game for the Islanders earlier this month, was called up again from AHL Bridgeport, with LW Jesse Joensuu sent back to the minors. "I do want to see (Rechlicz) play some more at this level because I would like to know how much he can play at this level," coach Scott Gordon told Newsday. "He had moments in training camp where you could see he had the element of speed. He got in and finished checks and went to the net. He was probably a little too reckless, but now, he's more under control."
Analysis: Rechlicz may be able to be used as an enforcer if he is able to stick in the NHL, but isn't worth owning at the moment until he proves that he'll be around long enough to be worth owning. He's a fighter, so his only real worth is likely in leagues that reward heavily for PIM.