The hockey season is upon us, folks. As the NHL has already suited up, the AHL begins shortly after. Good Night, Good Hockey will be covering the Hershey Bears extensively, just as we did last season.
Over the course of the offseason, the Bears/Capitals have made many significant signings and moves that we’ve written excerpts over. With the regular season rapidly approaching, it’s time to reflect on significant signings and re-signings Hershey and the Capitals have made.
Mathias Bau Hansen
Hansen was signed from the Frederikshavn White Hawks of Metal Ligaen, a league in Denmark. He is bound to stand out to Hershey fans, as he tallies up to be 6’7″, 238 pounds. The financial details of the deal were never disclosed.
A career AHLer, Albert has put up solid numbers with 155 points in 283 games. His one year, two-way deal gives him $650,000 in the NHL or $220,000 in the AHL.
Forward Wayne Simpson was signed to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 in the NHL and $140,000 in the AHL. Simpson is considered to be the replacement for Stanislav Galiev, who was lost to the KHL.
6’3″ defender Paul Geiger was signed to a one-year AHL contract by the Bears after his half season with the Rochester Americans.
A four-year member of the Hartford Wolfpack, Hughes was signed to a one-year deal by the Hershey Bears towards the end of the summer.
Notable Hershey Re-Signings
Sometimes affectionately referred to as ”AHLvechkin”, Borque has been a dominant presence in the AHL for years. The Bears locked up the 31-year-old to a one year extension for $300,000. This deal also includes an extension option for the 2017-18 season.
A top-tier leader for the Bears, captain Garrett Mitchell was signed to a one year deal for the upcoming season (finances undisclosed). His greatest attribute for the team is his work ethic and leadership that even Coach Troy Mann respects.
Young AHL nomad Parker Milner was re-signed to a one-year deal (finances undisclosed). After having many different stints in the ECHL and AHL, Milner may be settling down in Hershey.
A bit of a rough-and-tumble journeyman, Labrie recorded 66 penalty minutes in 70 games last year. He was re-signed to a one-year deal (finances undisclosed).
Former ECHL Rookie of the Year, Gazely has been with the Bears since 2013. He, just like Labrie, was signed to a one-year deal.
A jumper between the AHL and ECHL, Zajac has been with the Bears since 2016-17 and was re-signed to a one year deal.
Notable Capitals Re-Signings
A Hershey-bred defenseman, Djoos signed a two-year deal with the Washington Capitals worth $1.3 million. The deal is two-way for 2017-18 and one-way for 2018-19. Djoos seems to be staying with the Capitals this season, so don’t be surprised if he doesn’t suit up for the Bears this year.
Just as Djoos, Copley was signed to a two-year deal worth $1.3 million. The deal is also two-way for 2017-18 and one-way for 2018-19. Copley is to be paired with Vincent Vanek as a goalie combo for the Bears this season, with possible development to go to the NHL in 2018-19.
Entering his third year of professional play, Boyd was re-signed for a one year, two-way deal worth $650,000 in the NHL and $115,000 in the AHL. The youthful player can be expected to help the Caps if they are in a pinch this coming season.
O’Brien was resigned to a one-year deal worth $650,000 in the NHL and $80,000 in the AHL. He’s put up 54 points in 168 games for the Bears.
As the Bears aim their sights on the Calder Cup, every single one of these players will play a role, pivotal or otherwise, in achieving that goal. Stay tuned to Good Night, Good Hockey for all Hershey updates.