Friday, July 16, 2010

Signings, Development Camp, and Other News

Lots of activity on the Washington/Hershey front this past week....

  • Caps/Bears signed former Cap and Bear Brian Willsie, a right wing, to a one year two way contract. He is expected to play most of the season in Hershey but would likely be given a chance at a call up. Willsie played in Hershey for all or parts of 1998-2003 when the Colorado affiliation was in place. He then spent considerable time in the NHL playing for Colorado, Washington, and Los Angeles. Last season he spent almost the entire year with Lake Erie where he scored 26 goals and added 31 assists.
  • Yesterday the Capitals announced that Andrew Gordon, Zach Miscovic, Patrick McNeill and Andrew Joudrey signed their qualifying offers and are back in the organization for another year. In addition Jay Beagle signed his qualifying offer which ties him up for 2 more years.
  • Unfortunately Chris Bourque has made it official, he is off to Russia to play in the KHL. He declined to sign the Caps qualifying offer and apparently did not get any/much interest from other teams. He will make much more money playing there and then who knows...we might see him back in the States in a few years.
  • Development camp is being held this week in Washington. Tomorrow morning is the end of week scrimmage so if you want to go down that is the time to do it...I think the scrimmage is at 10am. Marcus Johansson is apparently showing off some serious skill and it will definitely warrant a good look at training camp. He and Mathieu Perreault are the leading candidates for the #2 center position with the Caps.
I will have more on the roster moves next week and updates on anything else as well.


Anonymous said...

And still no Helmer... :(

GM said...

Kind of surprising especially since guys like Fahey and Nycholat have signed. I still expect him to be back though.

It might actually be him delaying things. Maybe he is considering retirement? I surely don't know but I don't think he will go anywhere else if he plays unless the team doesn't want him back. And I definitely think they would bring him back if he wanted to come back. They still have veteran spots open I think so maybe it is just a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

I'm getting anxious ... I hope he signs SOON!have you heard anything?