During the fall of 2010, Matt Hendricks, a heart-and-soul journeyman forward, received an invite to Capitals training camp with no guarantee he’d make the team.
Hendricks, however, beat out Bears prospects Jay Beagle and Andrew Gordon for a roster spot and earned a one-year contract as a checking-line forward. Since then, Hendricks has played seven consecutive seasons and 461 games in the NHL and Saturday, the 36-year-old, former captain of the United States national team inked a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets, reuniting with former Capital Mathieu Perreault.
Hendricks’ deal is worth $700,000 – $50k higher than the league minimum. Hendricks just completed a four-year, $7.4 million deal that he originally signed with the Nashville Predators. Elliotte Friedman and Darren Dreger were the first to report the impending signing.