Washington Capitals center Mathieu Perreault (85) celebrates scoring a goal with teammate Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Semin (28), who assisted on the play, during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 11, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals secured centre Mathieu Perreault's services for two more seasons on Thursday, signing him to a two-year contract extension worth US$2.1 million.
In 120 career games with the team, the five-foot-ten, 185-pound centre has posted 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points. He had his best season in 2011-12, notching 16 goals and 14 assists for 30 points in 64 games.
Perreault, a Drummondville, Que., native, registered his first career hat trick against the Boston Bruins in January and appeared in four first-round playoff games against the Bruins in April.
Before cracking Washington's roster, Perreault won back-to-back Calder Cup trophies with Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League in 2009 and 2010.
The Capitals drafted Perreault 177th overall at the 2006 NHL draft.