Capitals Sign Matt Hendricks to a One-Year Contract
/ Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Matt Hendricks to a one-year contract, 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., registered nine goals, seven assists and 74 penalty minutes in 56 games for the Colorado Avalanche during the 2009-10 NHL season. Hendricks, 29, who was invited to the Washington Capitals’ training camp on a tryout basis, has wasted little time acclimating himself to Washington, leading the Capitals to their first preseason win with a hat trick in a 6-2 victory at Columbus.
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 made his NHL debut in 2008, has appeared in 60 career NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, posting 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists) and 87 penalty minutes. He also appeared in six postseason games with the Avalanche during their 2010 playoff run.
Hendricks was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.