If any of you watched or listened to the Bears game last night against Norfolk you surely heard mention of Michal Neuvirth leaving after the first period.
And if you are like me you started having chest pains right then and there. Knowing that Simeon Varlamov is going to remain on call up for the foreseeable future and the possibility of only having Daren Machesney in Hershey scares the hell out of me.
Luckily we got some good news today Bears fans!
First of all Neuvy is sick, not hurt. So he will be back soon.
Secondly, Braden Holtby is expected in Hershey sooner rather than later.
According to hockeysfuture.com Holtby is actually higher rated than Neuvirth. And he has had a solid season in the WHL recording 40 wins with a .910 save percentage and 2.62 gaa. I am looking forward to getting a look at him if he plays.
Also coming to Hershey is BIG Joe Finley. Finley measures in at an impressive 6'7" 240 lbs. That is a big man! He just finished up his senior season with North Dakota and signed an entry level deal with Washington, he is expected in Hershey early next week.
And one other player that we could see in Hershey this season and more than likely next season is best described as a pest. Stefan Della Rovere signed this week and was expected in South Carolina this week to start in the ECHL. Della Rovere is a borderline dirty player and while watching the World Juniors earlier this year I can see why that label is there. He loves to hit you and better be ready to back up his hits in the pros.
It will be interesting to see Big Joe on the ice though. 6'7"....are you kidding me? That's like 6'10" on skates.