Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

I Feel Like a Bear on Monday

After a weekend where virtually nothing happened signings wise in and around the AHL’s East Division, the Hershey Bears and Norfolk Admirals have some bodies that may be in the respective jerseys come the Fall.

First, the Anaheim Ducks signed D Nolan Yonkman and RW Zack Stortini to deals. There hasn’t been anything “official” by way of a team tweet or anything, but the news is everywhere. Yonkman is a giant defenseman who has spent all of his career playing in the AHL’s Western Conference. Stortini is an agitator, he had 241 PIMs for the Hamilton Bulldogs last season.

The Hershey Bears also may be the recipient of some of the signings the Washington Capitals made today.

First, the Bears signed Derek Whitmore to an AHL deal today. Whitmore had been playing overseas with Augsburger Panther in the DEL in Germany but opted out and came back over here to play in the AHL again.

Second, the Caps signed D Tyson Strachan, RW Matt Watkins and G David Leggio.

Leggio was the highest rated goaltender on the Big Board (10) and led the AHL in wins (38) for the Rochester Americans. He’ll no doubt split time with G Philipp Grubaer and mentor him this season.

Matt Watkins was the Bridgeport Sound Tigers captain last season and has had at least 30 points in his last three seasons.

Strachan played 38 games for Florida last season. If he doesn’t make the NHL out of camp, the Bears have a defenseman with fresh NHL experience.

Brad Thiessen and Warren Peters are still unsigned, unrestricted free agents.

Bombulie had a piece today on the price of depth at the AHL level.

Wanna know who has the best organizational depth? Click here. Penguins are in the bottom third.

Binghamton forward Pat Cannone is headed to St. Louis in exchange for future considerations.

Pittsburgh opens Development Camp next week. More details to come from them.

I’ll continue to update the blog as the news in and around the East Division warrants. Check back Tuesday for hopefully more news.

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