“I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out.” That line by Rodney Dangerfield never fit a player more succinctly than Joel Rechlicz. Rechlicz signed a 1-year with the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.
Rechlicz (6’4” 220lbs) has accumulated 750 penalty minutes in 148 career NHL and AHL games. That is an average of a whopping 5.07 penalty minutes per game. Rechlicz scored two goals and two assists in 122 AHL games and no goals and one assist in 26 NHL games. Rechlicz spent last season with the Washington Capitals AHL affiliate Hershey where he had two points and 267 penalty minutes in 44 games. He also played three games for the Capitals last season accumulating 10 penalty minutes.
Rechlicz’s job will be to protect the young, smaller offensive forwards in the Coyotes AHL affiliate Portland next season. Players like Andy Miele, Brendan Shinniman and Brett Hextall.
Rechlicz has a nice montage of several of his fights in the AHL, inlcuding a game where he was involved in three different fights. The video can be found here.
NOTES: Per Shane Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, Doan will push back his date of decision to at least July 16th. That is the day the coincides with the day that opponents to the Greg Jamison/City of Glendale lease agreement believe that signatures are due to force the lease on to the November ballot. This comes after the City of Glendale said the deadline was on July 9th. You can read more about the dispute here.
On Tuesday, the Coyotes also re-signed goalie coach Sean Burke to a 3-year deal. Burke was also promoted to Assistant to the General Manger as well as retaining his job as goalie coach. This is great news for Coyotes fans who have watched Burke work magic with Ilya Bryzgalov and Mike Smith over the past few seasons.