With free agency set to begin July 1st, the Hershey Bears begin the process of determining their roster heading into the 2012-2013 season. As part of a three part series, Inside Hockey will break down the free agent goalies, defensemen and forwards. Take a look and find out the chances of the which free agent goalies could return.
Greenham played the majority of his 2011-2012 season at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks before turning pro. In 33 games played in Alaska, Greenham notched 11 wins along with a solid 2.47 goals against average. These statistics however did not transfer over to his rookie season at the professional hockey level. Greenham began his hockey career with the Bakersfield Condors of the East Coast Hockey League, winning two of his three starts with a 3.67 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. He even contributed an assist on offense when playing for the Condors.
Greenham then moved up to the American Hockey League. He appeared in four total AHL games this season, two apiece for the Houston Aeros and Hershey Bears. In his two games with the Bears’, Greenham picked up one loss with a 3.05 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
Greenham appeared in only a few games with Hershey, due to injuries in Washington. With Dany Sabourin and Philip Grubauer set as the tandem for the Bears’ next year, Greenham doesn’t seem to be a fit.
Contract: Expect Greenham to sign with an ECHL team to play the role of backup goalie.
Machesney played the majority of his season in the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays, helping with the development of Capitals’ prospect Philip Grubauer. In 20 games with the Stingrays’, Machesney registered 11 wins with a solid 2.28 goals against average. He appeared in three games in Hershey, due to the call ups of Dany Sabourin and Braden Holtby to Washington. Machesney struggled at the AHL level, managing a sub-par 4.42 goals against average in his two losses with Hershey. One bright spot for Machesney was an assist on a Bears’ goal during his three games with the club.
Contract: Expect Machesney to sign a contract with an ECHL team, possibly the South Carolina Stingrays as he nears the back-end of his playing days.
The second part of this three part series will focus on the Bears’ free agent defense-men.