Update – Hershey Bears Signings

Now that NHL Free Agency signings are winding down, the AHL signings are going to ramp up. Here’s a quick look at what the Bears, in conjunction with the Capitals, have done already and the work that is still ahead. UPDATES IN RED

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Signed – Nathan Walker, Christian Djoos, Pheonix Copley, Chandler Stephenson, and Travis Boyd all have inked new deals with the Capitals. All contracts so far allow for two-way movement at least for the first year.

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RFA Unsigned – Liam O’Brien has yet to sign his deal. He’s the only one the Capitals have yet to get back into the fold. The 22-year-old has spent time with both clubs and is hopeful he can make his way back to the NHL.


UFAs Unsigned

  • Stan Galiev is still on the list although he’s made it known he will be heading to the KHL. That has hit a bit of a snag to say the least.
  • Garrett Mitchell SIGNED. Word is that the Captain would love to remain in Hershey – Get this one DONE! SIGNED AHL DEAL WITH HERSHEY
  • Christian Thomas is also still available. The ability of this kid to score has some wondering why he’s still not heading somewhere. Size is perhaps the issue.
  • Cody Corbett spent time in South Carolina after coming to the organization in a trade for Joe Cannata, who did not work out as Hershey’s #1 goaltender.
  • Tom Gilbert is also still out there. The NHL veteran would be a gem on just about any roster because the guy loves to play the game and is a huge asset to young defensemen.


AHL Free Agents

  • Ryan Bourque – Expect this guy to hang around in Hershey and the Bears to do just about anything to keep him. His brother has signed an AHL deal, so the brothers would be on the same team. Ryan is a huge asset on the PK and will definitely be needed since the Bears have taken quite the Free Agency hit.
  • Dustin Gazley – SIGNED 1-YEAR AHL DEALThis kid is just fun to watch. The Dump-and-Gazley-Chase as it is often playfully referred to is a testament to his speed. He’s not a big guy, but he’s certainly not afraid to get to the boards.
  • Hubert Labrie – The steady defenseman helped off-set the youth and learn-as-they-go defensemen who were more flashy.
  • Joey Leach – After spending most of the season in South Carolina, Leach has proven that he can hold his own in Hershey, but is that good enough for the Bears?
  • Parker Milner – SIGNED 1-YEAR DEAL– Milner and Vitek Vanecek did an admirable job when forced into action after the failed Cannata experiment. Upon the arrival of Pheonix Copley, Milner was sent to South Carolina where he was instrumental in helping to led the team to the Kelly Cup Finals. Our report with press release link to Hershey here.
  • Adam Morrison – Morrison served as Vanecek’s back-up after Copley was injured in the playoffs, but he did not see action.

It could be a very busy week ahead for the Bears.

By Julie Beidler

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