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2020 Player Tracker

2020 Offseason Player Tracker

September 25, 2020

We’re in the midst of a different summer in the hockey world. The AHL’s season was cancelled due to COVID-19, while the NHL is working towards awarding the Stanley Cup with a 24-team playoff. With that, free agency in the NHL normally starts July 1, however NHL contracts for the 2019-20 season are reported to be extended into October during this unpredictable situation. Players who were on AHL contracts in 2019-20 are unrestricted free agents as of July 1, however these players could still be re-signed by the Bears.

Many of your favorite players from Hershey's 2019-20 squad are already under contract and could return to the Washington Capitals organization next year. Our Player Tracker has you covered!

Below is a list of players who skated with Hershey in 2019-20, and ended the season in the organization, and their current contract status. This list will be updated as players re-sign and sign elsewhere.
 
Not sure what all this means? CapFriendly has a great Q&A page for your reference.

Players in BOLD are under contract for the 2020-21 season
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FREE AGENT ADDITIONS:
March 5-Capitals signed forward Damien Riat to two-year, entry-level contract
June 29-Bears signed defenseman Tyler Nanne to a one-year, AHL contract
June 30-Bears signed goaltender Hunter Shepard to a one-year, AHL contract

July 1-Bears signed defenseman Will Graber to one-year, AHL contract
August 19-Capitals signed goaltender Zach Fucale to a one-year, two-way contract
September 14-Bears signed forward Mason Morelli to a one-year, AHL contract
September 21-Bears signed forward Caleb Herbert to a one-year, AHL contract

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FORWARDS:

#10 Shane Gersich
Could become a restricted free agent who is arbitration eligible. His one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals ends following the 2020 NHL Playoffs.

#11 Steve Whitney
Under contract with Hershey. Re-signed with the Bears, agreeing to terms on a one-year, AHL contract on Jul. 16

#12 Matt Weis
Under contract with Hershey. Re-signed with the Bears, agreeing to terms on a one-year, AHL contract on Jul. 17.

#13 Beck Malenstyn
Under contract with Washington. Will be on the third year of a three-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.

#14 Axel Jonsson-Fjallby
Under contract with Washington. Will be on the third year of a three-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.
Loaned to Vastervik IK to start 2020-21 season

#15 Travis Boyd
Could become a restricted free agent who is arbitration eligible. His two-year contract with the Capitals ends following the 2020 NHL Playoffs.

#17 Mike Sgarbossa
Under contract with Washington. Will be on the second year of a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals in 2020-21.

#18 Garrett Pilon
Under contract with Washington. Will be on the third year of a three-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.

#19 Philippe Maillet
Under contract with Washington. Will be on the second year of a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals in 2020-21.

#20 Liam O'Brien
Could become an unrestricted free agent. His one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals ends following the 2020 NHL Playoffs.

#21 Joe Snively
Under contract to Washington. Will be on the second year of a two-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.

#22 Kale Kessy
Under contract with Hershey. Re-signed with the Bears, agreeing to terms on a one-year, AHL contract on Sept. 25.

#23 Brett Leason
Under contract to Washington. Will be on the second year of a three-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.

#24 Riley Sutter
Under contract to Washington. Will be on the second year of a three-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.

#26 Matt Moulson
Under contract with Hershey. Re-signed with the Bears, agreeing to terms on a one-year, AHL contract on Aug. 7.

#28 Brian Pinho
Under contract to Washington. Will be on the first year of a two-year deal signed on Sept. 17.

#36 Kody Clark
Under contract to Washington. Will be on the second year of a three-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.

#38 Daniel Sprong
Under contract to Washington. Will be on the first year of a two-year deal signed on Sept. 18. His deal is a one-way contract.

#39 Chris McCarthy
Announced his retirement via Instagram on Aug. 15. Was on a one-year, AHL contract with Hershey in 2019-20.
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DEFENSEMEN:

#2 Tyler Lewington
Could become an unrestricted free agent. His two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals ends following the 2020 NHL Playoffs.

#4 Kristofers Bindulis
Could become a restricted free agent. His three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals ends following the 2020 NHL Playoffs. He played all last season with South Carolina (ECHL). UPDATE: Bindulis appears to have signed with Krefeld Pinguine of the DEL for 2020-21.

#6 Lucas Johnasen 
Could become a restricted free agent. His three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals ends following the 2020 NHL Playoffs.

#7 Connor Hobbs 
Could become a restricted free agent. His three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals ends following the 2020 NHL Playoffs. 

#25 Colby Williams
Could become an unrestricted free agent. His one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals ends following the 2020 NHL Playoffs.

#27 Alex Alexeyev
Under contract to Washington. Will be on the second year of a three-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.
Loaned to Salavat Yulaev Ufa of KHL to start 2020-21 season

#29 Tommy Hughes
Signed an ECHL contract with Brampton. Was on a one-year, AHL contract with Hershey in 2019-20.

#32 Erik Burgdoefer
Unrestricted free agent. Was on a one-year, AHL contract with Hershey in 2019-20.

#33 Tobias Geisser
Under contract to Washington. Due to an entry-level slide, will be on the second year of a three-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.
Loaned to EV Zug to start 2020-21 season

#34 Eddie Wittchow
Under contract with Hershey. Re-signed with the Bears, agreeing to terms on a one-year, AHL contract on Aug. 19

#37 Bobby Nardella
Under contract to Washington. Will be on the second year of a two-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.

#42 Martin Fehervary
Under contract to Washington. Will be on the second year of a three-year, entry-level contract in 2020-21.
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GOALTENDERS:

#30 Vitek Vanecek
Under contract with Washington. Will be on the second year of a three-year contract in 2020-21.

#31 Pheonix Copley
Under contract with Washington. Will be on the second year of a three-year contract in 2020-21.

#35 Parker Milner
Announced his retirement and is working for a local newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina. Was on a one-year, AHL contract with Hershey in 2019-20.

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Players on AHL contracts in 2019-20 that did not play with the Bears who are unrestricted free agents: F-Cole Ully, D-Tariq Hammond (Signed ECHL contract with South Carolina on Sept. 9)
Players on AHL contracts in 2019-20 that did not play with the Bears who signed elsewhere: G-Logan Thompson (Signed NHL contract with Vegas on Jul. 13)
 

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