Caps Re-sign Perreault for Two YearsPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
Washington announced the signing of center Mathieu Perreault to a two-year contract extension worth a total of $2.1 million on Thursday. Perreault, a 24-year-old pivot from Drummondville, Quebec, totaled 16 goals and 30 points with a plus-9 in 64 games for the Capitals in 2011-12, his first full season in the NHL. The deal pays Perreault $1 million for 2012-13 and $1.1 million for 2013-14. Perreault finished the season in a tie for fifth on the team in goals and he was 10th on the club in scoring. With the June acquisition of center Mike Ribeiro in a trade with the Dallas Stars, it is unclear where Perreault fits onto the Washington depth chart for the upcoming campaign. He spent time all up and down the Capitals’ lineup in 2011-12, and was also a healthy scratch for extended periods of time early in the season. With Nicklas Backstrom and Ribeiro seemingly set to occupy the middle of the Caps’ top two lines, Perreault would seem to be in the mix for Washington’s bottom six forwards. Once he got back into the lineup for good on Jan. 18 in Montreal, Perreault put together a fairly consistent second-half performance offensively. Perreault scored the game’s first goal that night for the Caps against the Canadiens, helping Washington to a 3-0 victory. Starting with that game in Montreal, Perreault racked up 13 goals and 23 points to go along with a plus-10 over his final 38 games of the season. That stretch was highlighted by the first hat trick of Perreault’s NHL career in a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center on Jan. 24. Perreault scored 28 of his 30 points at even-strength last season, picking up a pair of goals on the power play. At season’s end, Perreault had averaged just 12:01 per night in ice time, so he made the most of his time on ice. He also got stronger in the face-off circle as the campaign wore on, finishing with a 50.8% success rate. After averaging a shade more than a shot on goal per game over his first two partial seasons in the NHL, Perreault fired only 60 shots on net in 64 games last season. The result was a gaudy 26.7% shooting pct. that was out of line with the 14.8% mark he posted in 2009-10 and the 17.1% figure he achieved in 2010-11. Perreault was a sixth-round (177th overall) selection by the Capitals in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
It’s somehow fitting that Caps center Jay Beagle signed a three-year contract extension mere days before the start of the Capitals’ annual summer development camp. It was five years ago this month that Beagle first began the process of opening the eyes of the Capitals’ brass at the team’s