Capitals Vs. Lightning: Washington Signs, Recalls Joel Rechlicz, Cody Eakin From AHL Hershey

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: Cody Eakin #50 of the Washington Capitals brings the puck around the net against Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins at the Verizon Center on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Caps have signed and recalled forward Joel Rechlicz from AHL Hershey along with Cody Eakin.

The Washington Capitals announced Monday that they signed forward Joel Rechlicz to an entry-level contract and recalled him along with Cody Eakin from AHL Hershey.

Rechlicz has one goal, one assist and an AHL-leading 184 penalty minutes in 27 games with the Bears this season. In fact, his 184 PIM are 30 more than the NHL's leader in that same category (the Ottawa Senators' Zenon Konopka has 154). The 6'4", 220-pound Rechlicz has 23 games of NHL experience with the New York Islanders during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

Rechlicz will wear No. 54 for Washington.

Meanwhile, Eakin returns after being assigned to Hershey during the All-Star Break. In 27 games with the Caps this season, Eakin has four goals and eight points.

Both players will participate in Monday's practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, which begins at 2 p.m.

For more on the Caps, please visit SB Nation's Caps blog, Japers' Rink.

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