After a relatively quiet few days – which included an off-ice team building event at the State Police Academy on Hersheypark Drive and a golf outing at Hershey Country Club, both on Tuesday – lots of roster moves have taken place as the Bears get set for their second road trip of the season this weekend.
This marks the first time that Stephenson has been called up by Washington, and I can’t say how happy I am for this kid. He deserved it, too. Barry Trotz praised his efforts throughout training camp a few weeks ago, and was one of the last to be reassigned to Hershey. He is expected in the lineup tonight vs. Chicago too… so everybody make sure to keep tabs on Stevie’s first NHL game.
Sean Collins (not that one) is on his way to Hershey after clearing waivers today as well. Stephenson could not have been recalled without this corresponding move due to the Caps’ cap space. Collins will be a nice addition, and I’d guess that with Stephenson on recall, the versatile forward would slide in at the center position here in Chocolatetown.
Defenseman Tyler Lewington has been reassigned to South Carolina, a move which will get him some solid, top-three playing minutes.
And finally, goaltender Mark Dekanich has been signed to a one-year AHL contract. Contrary to some reports on Twitter, he is NOT headed to Hershey. The signing replaces his ECHL-only contract, and since it is an AHL one-way deal, ONLY Hershey can recall Dekanich if needed. The Bears won’t lose him to another AHL team down the line.
Not a bad depth signing, either, if you ask me. The guy had a pretty good AHL career… except he had a hard time over at former Bears head coach Mark French’s KHL stomping grounds. If you want to read something completely unbelievable, check this out.
More to come prior to shove-off for Portland tomorrow! Until then, have a great day!