Good morning everyone!
Over the weekend, the Capitals added another depth defenseman to the string of signings, naming David Kolomatis to the organization’s blue-line corps. Trying to balance out the right-handed shot and left-handed shot defenseman on the Bears 2013-14 prospective roster, before the Kolomatis signing, tips the scale heavily in one direction – left. (I will have an updated roster for you in the coming hours/day, once I know that things will wind down in terms of free agent additions.)
Anyway, welcome to David Kolomatis, who as a Los Angeles Kings 2009 draft selection played with the Manchester Monarchs for the past four seasons. Kolomatis is barely in the non-veteran category, with 250 games under his belt. Despite seeing his games played total decrease in each of the four seasons, it’s interesting to note his point totals as a blue line contributor in those four seasons. They are almost identical, which means his point-per-game average has been steady or even increasing a bit.
Is that a necessity from the Bears blue line? Absolutely. With Tomas Kundratek now on a new two-year deal with the organization, he has to clear waivers to be assigned to Hershey. Will the organization take that gamble? If not, then it is blatantly obvious how much offense will be needed to replace Kundratek.
Also, long-time Bears defenseman and Calder Cup champion Patrick McNeill has moved on to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Fans will certainly remember how much offense he gave the team from back on the blue – he is eighth all-time in Bears history with 152 points over six seasons.
As the first full week of free agency begins, expect more announcements on players joining the organization.