Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 7/5/12

WASHINGTON DC, DC - SEPTEMBER 23: Aaron Johnson #23 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against Mathieu Perreault #85 of the Washington Capitals during their preseason game on September 23, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals announced they have re-signed restricted free agent center Mathieu Perreault to a two-year contract worth $2.1 million.  This contract represents a big raise over his contract last season, a two-way deal worth $525,000 in the NHL and $75,000 in the AHL.  The 5'10, 185-lb Quebec native scored 16 goals and 30 points in 64 games last season, his first full season in the NHL.  Over 3 NHL seasons, Perreault, age 24, has 27 goals and 53 points in 120 games. 

After starting the season mostly as a fourth-liner or healthy scratch, Perreault anchored the Capitals' second line for three months in the absence of Nicklas Backstrom.  A sixth-round draft pick of the Capitals in 2006, Perreault could see time on the Capitals' scoring lines next season. 

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