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Bears Brace for Offseason Changes

Only days removed from falling just short of winning back-to-back Calder Cups, the Hershey Bears are getting ready for the possibility of major changes, according to Tim Leone of The Patriot News.

It's high time for some NHL team to give [Head Coach Bruce] Boudreau a long-overdue head coaching chance. If not, he's under contract for Hershey in 2007-08.
Frederic Cassivi, Jamie Hunt, Chris Bourque, Kyle Wilson, Stephen Werner, Andrew Joudrey, Dean Arsene and Daren Machesney are the only players under contract for 2007-08 expected to be in Hershey. Jeff Schultz, Eric Fehr and Mike Green are under contract but expected to play in Washington.
Maxime Daigneault, Joey Tenute, Tomas Fleischmann, Jakub Klepis and Dave Steckel are restricted free agents. If the Capitals don't give them qualifying contract offers before the free-agent signing period begins July 1, they become unrestricted free agents.
With Cassivi and Machesney in the goalie stable and Michal Neuvirth and Simeon Varlamov in the pipeline, there's a question as to whether there's room in the organization for Daigneault. The Caps signed Neuvirth this month, and it's not certain whether he'll return to Plymouth (OHL) or opt to begin his pro career in 2007-08.
There's also speculation that Fleischmann and Klepis could be trade candidates before or after the June 22-23 NHL entry draft. Washington is deep at wing, especially on the top two lines, and Fleischmann and Klepis don't project as NHL grinder line players.

Sounds to me like Tim is spot on in his analysis of the organization's plans. Read the whole article here.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 11, 2007; 10:52 AM ET
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