A hat-trick in a preseason game on Wednesday last week was good enough to warrant a new contract for Matt Hendricks, who was playing the Washington Capitals on a professional tryout. Hendricks signed a 1-year deal, cap hit not disclosed, and currently remains in camp after the team send down a number of players, reducing their camp roster to 33 players.
Hendricks has played 60 career NHL games over two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, scoring 9 goals and 7 assists. He was originally drafted in 2000 by the Predators and also saw time in the Bruins organization.
The Capitals have one more invite still in camp, Lawrence Nycholat, who is vying for a job on the Capitals blueline and has found himself in the final nine. A full camp roster update will come when three or more cuts have been made.