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Capitals, Coyotes swap minor-league forwards

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 1:08 PM / 2013 Trade Deadline

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Capitals, Coyotes swap minor-league forwards
Washington Capitals, Phoenix Coyotes swap minor-league forwards.

The Washington Capitals and Phoenix Coyotes completed a minor-league trade Tuesday, with the Capitals sending forward Matthew Clackson to the Coyotes for forward Joel Rechlicz.

Clackson, 27, has never appeared in an NHL game. In 264 career games in the American Hockey League with the Philadelphia/Adirondack Phantoms, Chicago Wolves and Hershey Bears, he has eight goals and 784 penalty minutes.

Rechlicz, 25, is also known more for his time in the penalty box. He returns to the Capitals organization, where he played three games for the parent club last season but signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes in July. In 26 career NHL games with the Capitals, Coyotes and New York Islanders, he has one assist and 105 penalty minutes.

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