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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
74 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
All the teams AHL Free Agents have been identified and capsules for each have been created. A Top 100 has been selected with a best of the rest and we are all set to debut the 2017 AHL Free Agent Big Board on Thursday. Early leader in the clubhouse will be Thursday morning at 9 a.m., so check back here at that time to see the massive board of around 350 AHL Free Agents.
Three names came off the board Thursday which were actually Top 100 names. The Washington Capitals re-signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a two year deal. Copley, if he doesn’t gun for a role in Washington come the fall, will be pegged as the Hershey Bears opening night starter. Copley single handed lay turned Hershey’s season around as the Bears charged out of the five seed in the ever competitive Atlantic Division all the way up to third.
Tampa Bay also re-signed Gabriel Dumont and Cory Conacher to deals Wednesday as well. There was scuttlebutt that Conacher was headed overseas because he didn’t want to toil around in the minors for another season. I didn’t have him high on the board because of this, only 90-something, but word came down today that he re-signed. I had Dumont higher, around the Top 50.
Hopefully between now and tomorrow, no one else is signed. Check back tomorrow for the big reveal.
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