NHL Insider Indicates Ex Oilers Top Free Will Sign Soon

Published December 11, 2023 at 6:47 PM

Defenseman Ethan Bear has oddly been without a team all season to this point. Now several teams are heavily invested in the free agent and one NHL insider believes he knows where he will sign.

Friedman Reveals Bear Will Likely Sign With Washington Capitals Soon

Elliotte Friedman reported on 32 thoughts this morning that he believes the free agent defenseman will be signing with the Washington capitals. The Capitals have been one of the teams consistently involved in rumors surrounding Bear. It has also been reported that the Vancouver Canucks, one of the teams linked to Bear, are now out on him.

Bear last played with the Canucks last season. If the team wanted to re-sign him there did not seem to be anything stopping them so it is a but odd that they waited until now to try to get something done.

Canucks likely out of the running for Ethan Bear

Too bad...lots of potential...wishing him well..

Toronto Maple Leafs To Miss Out On Bear?

This news also has implications for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team was reportedly looking into signing the free agent after they suffered a number of critical injuries on defense. The team is currently without John Klingberg, Mark Giordano, and Timothy Liljegren, among others.

Still though, it seems now that the Capitals are the favorites. There are certainly other options for the Leafs but they are slowly being taken off the board one at a time. One has to wonder now if they are going to make a strong push for Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro as a more long-term solution.

For now though, we will just have to wait and see.

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NHL Insider Indicates Ex Oilers Top Free Will Sign Soon

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