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Perreault sent down

Center Mathieu Perreault has been reassigned to Hershey, Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

"He's better fitted for coming up when we need him instead of staying here and getting stale," Boudreau said. "Or losing the andrenaline kick of being here for lengthy time at this stage."

Perreault had two goals in three games with the Caps on his most recent stint.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 2, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
 
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Well that just sucks for MP85. He brings a lot of energy and plays much bigger than his diminutive size...I think he worked harder than Belanger and B.Mo (pre-injury). Hopefully he sticks full time next year as a 3rd line center.

Keep it up mini mighty 85!

Posted by: netminder71 | April 2, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Not sure how Caron will do but he's not new to the NHL. He played for the Pens when they were throwing games to get top picks after the 2003, 04, and 06 seasons. Due to those "down" years that some experts say were tanked on purpose resulted in:

- 2003 #1 overall pick Fleury
- 2004 #2 overall pick Malkin
- 2005 #1 overall pick Crosby
- 2006 #2 overall pick Jordon Staal

Staal is a good player but thanks not for not taking Backstrom St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. Even though Erik Johnson, Jordan Staal, and Jonathon Toews are all good/great players, Backstrom is a KEY reason the Caps are the powerhouse they are now.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Aw well, at least Matty made it it into the team photo the other day. :) I hope this at least means B. Mo is healthy enough to play.

Posted by: blackjack65 | April 2, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

It is a shame that Matty P has to go down. However, I guess that means BMo is ready to go. It will be good for BB to get his playoff lines working together for these last 5 games.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 2, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

;( Will miss you Matty P.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I understand the move, but I'm sad about it. (I actually tried to order a shirt with his name and number as soon as he was called up this time, but NHL.com says roster players aren't available right now--surprising to me, because I'd think this would be one of their busiest times for custom orders.)

I agree with netminder71 that I hope he'll stick with the big club next year.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 2, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

He played well the past few games but anyone who wanted him to stick around for the playoffs is out of their mind.

Maybe next year he'll get a shot...

Posted by: WazzuBrian1 | April 2, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Sure looks more and more like 2nd line C is going to be BMo - if he is healthy. Which is pretty much where we were six months ago, before experimenting with Flash, Belanger, etc.
And the problem with Perreault is the same one you have with every undersized skilled forward - either good enough to be one of the top six F, or misplaced on 3rd/4th line and asked to do things he is not going to be very good at.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 2, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Well done, Matty. You'll be back.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | April 2, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The biggest knock on Matt P is obviously his size as a center having more defensive responsibilities than a wing. I wonder what his chances are of securing a wing roster spot in the future. Small wingers have had nice NHL careers. He just sees the ice so well, as does Aucoin, it is a shame to see them have to stay in the AHL. Both Aucoin and Perrault do well when they are up here but they are always here to fill an injury slot so they head right back down after the player returns. The fact that they do well isn't solely because of the excitement of being up in the NHL, they are good hockey players. Giroux comes up and almost looks lost. He has the size to be on an NHL club he just doesn't possess the NHL level hockey sense that Aucoin and Perrault do.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 2, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Well, reading between the line on BB comment about Perreault I get the impression that BB doesn't think there is a good future for this guy on the big club. Too bad, from the little I have seen he seems like a great guy to have.

Posted by: hock1 | April 2, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Another way of looking at Perrealt's chances to stick with the big club next year: his $700K may just be all we can afford on a second line center! Flash, Fehr and Sarge may have their shortcomings, but in one aspect, they are really priceless - each cost us about $700K this year. We are looking at about $6M in extra cap hit to re-sign those three... and then there is Backstrom!

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 2, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

MP is significantly quicker than Aucoin. If a guy is small he better be exteremly quick if wants to stay in the NHL. I think MP has that ability and with a little more work on his defensive play and overall strength I think there is a decent shot he makes the team next year.

One worry is BB's reluctance to remove any of the guys on the current team. BB is very loyal to his players and that loyalty has positives and negatives.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 2, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Hoping someone can educate me. During the playoffs,does a team have the same open access to their AHL roster or do they have to submit a "short list" of sorts from which to bring players up?

Posted by: capecoraltrans | April 2, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe there is finally a story on NHL.com telling the story how it is regarding Malkin being Pittsburgh's MVP. They joke and say Most Valuable Penguin, but the story goes on about how bad the Pens are when Malkin is not in the line-up. Two years ago when Crosby was out with the high ankle sprain Malkin piled up points, won the Art Ross, and led the Pens to a nice run at the end of the season. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fool, I know that Crosby is one of the top players the league has seen in years. However Malkin seems much more dangerous when the chips are down. That's why he won the Conn Smythe last year.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=523694&navid=DL|NHL|home

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 2, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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