The Washington Times - February 4, 2012, 01:42PM

Joel Rechlicz stepped off the ice Friday and learned of his fate: The enforcer was going back to the Hershey Bears after a two-game call-up with the Washington Capitals.

There was the minor technicality of sending him through waivers, which the Caps did Friday, and to no one’s surprise he cleared Saturday at noon. He was then formally assigned to Hershey of the American Hockey League.


“I’ve just got to keep working hard,” Rechlicz said Friday. “Keep everything simple on the ice and just keep a positive attitude. I’m here to work. Just go down with a positive attitude and hopefully I come right back.”

Rechlicz and the Bears face the Connecticut Whale, featuring Sean Avery and Wade Redden, on Saturday night. The 24-year-old skated just 4:16 total in two games and had no penalty minutes and no fights.

Rechlicz said the Caps told him they might recall him for next weekend’s games. That would potentially mean a matchup with the New York Rangers.

For now, Rechlicz will get a little bit more than 2:08 of ice time a game with the Bears.