Thursday, February 15, 2007

Reinforcements Are on the Way to Hershey

Some much needed help is on the way to Hershey. Defenseman Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and goaltender Nolan Schaefer of the San Jose Sharks were both reassigned to the Bears today.
(Photo Courtesy of Dave Sanford/Getty Images)

The 21 year old Green was a key member of the Hershey's Calder Cup championship team last season and had spent the entire season so far with the Washington Capitals. He played in 54 games for the big club recording 2 goals and 8 assists while putting up a +1 defensive rating. Since he returned from a foot injury just before the All-Star break, his play has been inconsistent at best. He has also seen his ice time decline as of late, including a season low of 5:23 in a game against Ottawa on January 16th. The return to the AHL should help Green reestablish his game back to the level he played at during the Bears playoff run.

Schaefer returns to Hershey after spending a week in San Jose as he was recalled when Evgeni Nabakov suffered a slight groin injury. He previously played in 2 games with the Bears recording a 0-2-0 record with a 4.05 goals against average and an .863 save percentage. Schaefer will provide some much needed experience to the Bears as he will split time with Maxime Daigneault who is returning from an ankle injury. The move would also allow the team to return Daren Machesney back to the South Carolina Stingrays for more seasoning.

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