Bears’ Add Enforcer, Sign Matt Clackson

With the departure of Joel Rechlicz to the Phoenix Coyotes organization, the Hershey Bears were in need of another enforcer. The Washington Capitals grabbed one on Saturday, signing Matt Clackson to a one year, two way contract for the 2012-2013 season. Clackson’s new deal with the Capitals’ organization will pay him $75,000 at the AHL level and $525,000 at the NHL level.

Clackson played in 43 games for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season, contributing one goal and one assist in. However, offensive stats don’t describe his role. Clackson, a 27 year old enforcer compiled 193 penalty minutes during the 2011-2012 campaign. He stands at 6′ and 190 pounds and rarely steps back from a challenge.

The Hershey Bears don’t have much roster space left for potential signings, because their roster is close to fully constructed. Another depth forward for the third or fourth line could be an option, but don’t expect much. Former Bears have signed elsewhere, including Sean Collins with the Rangers’ and Christian Hanson in Boston. Graham Mink and Kyle Greentree are big name free agents Hershey could still possibly re-sign.

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Below is video of various fights by Matt Clackson.

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