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Mathieu Perreault Clarifies French-Language Reports On Unhappiness
By ZAC BOYER | firstname.lastname@example.org
ARLINGTON – Mathieu Perreault clarified the comments he made to two Montreal-based French-language newspapers earlier this week, insisting he had not specifically asked to be traded by the Washington Capitals but was indeed unhappy with his ice time.
Perreault played 4:58 in the Capitals’ 4-2 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday after playing just 3:52 in the 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay in the season opener on Saturday and told the two newspapers on separate occasions that he was not pleased with his role.
“I wouldn’t say frustrated,” Perreault said Thursday morning following the Capitals’ morning skate. “I’m obviously not too happy. No one would be happy to be playing that much minutes. But I think that [report] said I asked for a trade. I didn’t ask for a trade. Obviously I like it here, been around for four years, all my chums are here. I don’t wanna go anywhere.
“All I want is a little bit more ice time and I talked to Adam Oates and George [McPhee, the general manager] today about it. All I want is to play. I wanna be here. I don’t wanna go anywhere. If you guys read the article in French, it doesn’t say that I asked for a trade. Never.”
Oates said Perreault’s limited ice time against Tampa Bay was partly because of the extended time the Capitals spent on the power play in the first period.
“When he came off I actually apologized to him on the bench that I hadn’t had a chance to get him in the game,” Oates said. “I’m still learning my players they’re still learning me. I obviously want to get that guy more ice time, and the other night was kind of no different. We were behind, so I wanted to get the other guys to produce before him. But he’s going to get his chance and basically the point is, if you’ve got a beef no problem. Let’s just talk about it.”
Perreault did just that, meeting with Oates and McPhee earlier Thursday morning – a discussion he said was positive.
A restricted free agent last offseason, Perreault signed a two-year, $2.1 million contract to remain with the Capitals. He told the French newspapers, La Press and Le Journal De Montreal, that he doesn’t know if he could continue playing such a reduced role through the remainder of its term and the Capitals should consider trading him.
“I work hard every day in practice, in games,” Perreault said Thursday. “When I go out there I go 100 percent. Just waiting for a little bit more time, and see what I can do with it.”
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