Hershey gets help from Caps
The Hershey Bears and their parent Washington Capitals made several moves Tuesday that will impact the Bears as they approach the stretch run of the regular season.
Washington/Hershey acquired winger Dane Byers from the Oilers organization in exchange for defenseman Garrett Stafford. Byers, 27, arrives after recording six goals, four assists and 144 penalty minutes for AHL Oklahoma City. Stafford had a goal and 20 assists for the Bears this season.
Also Tuesday, Hershey brought back right wing Joel Rechlicz in a trade for forward Matt Clackson. Rechlicz, 25, played two seasons in Hershey prior to the current season. He had two goals and one assist and 399 minutes in penalties over the two seasons. Rechlicz has played 26 games for the Portland Pirates this season with one assist and 149 penalty minutes.
Clackson recorded one goal, two assists and 36 penalty minutes in 19 games with Hershey this season.
The Bears' defense corps will likely get a shot in the arm with the Capitals assigning Tomas Kundratek and Dmitry Orlov to the Bears. Kundratek, 23, has registered seven points (one goal, six assists) in 25 games with the Capitals this season. He leads Hershey blueliners in goals (13) and points (26).
Orlov, 21, registered an assist and a plus-five rating in five games with Washington and has recorded 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 22 games with Hershey this season. Orlov missed much of the first half of the season due to concussion symptoms.