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Washington Capitals Plan To Sign Player But Allows Contract-Free Practice


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Hunter Bowman
December 20, 2023  (4:03 PM)
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Navigating the intricacies of the NHL salary cap and contracts can be perplexing, and a recent development with defender Ethan Bear has added an extra layer of confusion. Despite widespread reports favoring the Washington Capitals as the frontrunners to secure Bear, an unexpected twist unfolded.

When the Capitals' PR account tweeted this morning, anticipation grew that it would herald Bear's multi-year contract signing. However, the announcement took a different turn, revealing the intention to sign him, just not immediately.
#Caps are expected to officially sign defenseman Ethan Bear at a later date. Bear will join the team for today's morning skate as he continues his rehabilitation process.

This decision raises eyebrows, considering the team could have opted for a professional tryout instead. The unconventional route has left some fans puzzled, prompting questions about its compliance with the collective bargaining agreement.
The move also introduces an element of risk for Bear, as he could sustain an injury during this process, potentially jeopardizing his chance at an NHL contract. The unfolding of this unique situation will undoubtedly be closely watched to see how it plays out.
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