More Free Agent Frenzy:
Jeff Schultz resigned with the Caps today for 4 years/11 million. A bargain for league leader in +/-. Especially considering the last defenseman to have a 50+ was Chris Pronger during his Hart season. Not making a comparison or anything but let’s just say 11 million for Jeff Schultz isn’t anything to cry over. Upwards of 16 teams will be paying more for their THIRD best defenseman. Then again the Chronicles’ crew is highly biased.
Boyd Gordon also resigned for one year 800,000. Even though he had a rough year this last season that is a good deal in most books. Hopefully the hard-working face off specialists back will be healed and ready to go for this up coming season.
The Capitals also signed Brian Fahey and Kyle Greentree to two-way contracts.
Fahey most recently played for the Lake Erie Monsters. He had 11 goals and 25 points in 71 games. He was drafted 119th overall in 2000 by the Colorado Avalance. He is 29, six-foot one and 215 lbs defenseman from Des Plaines, Illinois. He is also a former UW Badger.
Kyle Greentree is a 26-year-old, six-foot three and 200 lb native of Victoria, British Columbia. He played for the Rockford Ice Hogs last season leading the team with 26 goals in 64 games. He played for the Alaska Fairbank Nanooks. He went undrafted (signing a contract with the Flyers instead of completing his senior year at Alaska Fairbank.)
Both are expected to play in Hershey, though I would not be surprised at all to see Greentree getting a few call ups with the Caps. Considering the Bears have just lost veterans Amadio and Giroux this is a very good signing for the Bears.
Greg Amadio did in fact sign with the Grand Rapid Griffins (perhaps you remember they were the nice folks who took Nylander off our hands for a little while.) Having played with the Griffins in ’05-’06. The defenseman had 4 goals, 14 assists, 18 points, and 334 penalty minutes in his 2 years with the Bears.
Good bye to Mr. Amadio, I know some men in Norfolk who will miss screaming your name in the “Super Mario” voice, and who found out how many Coors Lights it takes to fill the Calder Cup.