Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Giroux is BACK!!
This definitely surprised me today. I really didn't think Giroux would resign with Hershey but as of today that is exactly what happened.
I would love to know what his other offers were. I mean he must not have had much because the odds of him making the Caps (as the roster stands now) is unlikely.
He signed a 2-way 1 year deal with the organization and is sure to give everything he has at Caps camp in September.
A lot of fans were wondering where the goals were going to come from this season....well I think that has been answered. If Giroux and Aucoin end up back in Hershey again we can probably expect another great season from the two. Probably not 60 regular season goals but I would bet on 40+.
The other thing I would love to know...what are the terms? Is Giroux getting 6 figures to play in Hershey? I think it is definitely possible. The average salary for AHL players is in the 60k range so if he was getting 6 figures that might have played a role.
I would have to think he is making a decent wage to come back as rumor has it Europe was calling and they surely would have paid him. Although heading to Europe at 28 is basically giving up in a way on your dream of making the NHL.
And his numbers in Hershey are definitely better than his numbers in most other places.
I apologize for not getting this up sooner but welcome back ANDREW JOUDREY! A premier penalty killer and energy guy is back for the 09-10 season. I didn't think he would be back and I don't think it was a 2-way deal but Joudrey is the kind of player that you need if you want to repeat as Calder Cup Champs!
Also signed this past week was goaltender Jason Bacashihua who played last season with the Lake Erie Monsters and posted some solid numbers.
Many fans were somewhat confused on why the Bears would need another goalie considering Neuvirth and Holtby were considered to be Hershey's goalies for next season. To understand that just look back to this past season...how many goalies did Hershey use? 5. Including Kris Mayotte and Bobby Goepfert.
So why not get a third goaltender and stash one of them in South Carolina in case you need him.
Wow...I am still surprised to see that Giroux is back. Great news today!!!