With the ending of UFA day 2 we have two goodbyes to be saying.
First up is the Chronicles favorite defenseman, Mr. Milan Jurcina. While this is not a total surprise considering he got “Bourque’d” earlier this season we really expected Jurcina to sign with the Caps for at least another season seeing as he seemed particularly attached to the team. However Juice signed with the Islanders this afternoon for a million for one year.
Slightly surprising seeing as Jurcina is one of our only stay at home defenseman besides Tom Poti (and now Karl Alzner) and considering I, and a few other people, think Juice would have happily signed for less than a million here we expected GM to sign him. But, what let’s not cry over spilled milk; anyways maybe he’ll get double Bourque’d, we can always have hope.
In Bears news Kyle Wilson has signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He has been on the team since 2007 and has become a mainstay and fan favorite for the team. A pretty consistent player putting up about 50+ point seasons and a steady stream of stats that rarely wavered over his four years with the Bears.
Interestingly the new coach in Columbus is Scott Arniel who coached the 2008-09 Manitoba team so he is pretty familiar with the Bears from the Calder Cup finals. I personally think this is a great move for Kyle though we’ll miss him all the same.
And, of course as we already posted earlier Caps did make a signing on day 2 with Dany Sabourin, who is expected to play in Hershey.
That seems to be all the news coming out of Caps and Hershey Bear hockey today. Here is hoping to some signings of a defenseman or goalie for the Caps to come. And, lastly of course good bye and good luck to #18 and #23.