While we still haven't seen any movement in the trade realm, Caps fans got some great news today as the team announced the extension of gritty Matt Hendricks to a two-year contract extension for $1.6 million. The former member of the Colorado Avalanche quickly gained a rep as a fan fave with his gregarious personality, ability to score and his willingness to drop the gloves at a moment's notice to take care of business. I for one am thrilled to pieces to see this guy sticking around for awhile - he is the epitomy of a heart and soul team player. Cheers to you, Hendy!
Here's the official release from the team:
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Matt Hendricks to a two-year extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hendricks, a 6’0’’, 215-pound native of Blaine, Minn., has recorded a career-high 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) and 84 penalty minutes in 57 games this season with the Capitals. He also registered 121 hits this season, which ranks third on the team and second among forwards. Hendricks, 29, registered nine goals, seven assists and 74 penalty minutes in 56 games for the Avalanche during the 2009-10 NHL season.
Hendricks, who made his NHL debut in 2008, has appeared in 117 career NHL games with Washington and Colorado, posting 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) and 171 penalty minutes. He also appeared in six postseason games with the Avalanche during their 2010 playoff run.
Hendricks played for Capitals’ head coach Bruce Boudreau as a member of the Capitals’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hershey Bears in 2006-07. He recorded 18 goals and 26 assists for a total of 44 points in 65 regular season games that year. Hendricks also appeared in 19 AHL playoff matches that season, scoring eight goals and registering four assists.
Hendricks, who was invited to the Capitals’ training camp on a tryout basis and signed a one-year deal on Sept. 27, 2010, was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.