2018 Offseason Headquarters

LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

Keep up-to-date on league deadlines and player signings right here throughout the 2018 offseason leading up to the seventh season of ECHL hockey for the Orlando Solar Bears. This offseason headquarters will provide news on departing, returning and new players to join the Solar Bears, as well as information regarding key offseason dates.

SIGNED FOR 2018-19

FORWARDS
Robbie Baillargeon — Agreed to terms on August 23, 2018
Vincent Dunn — Agreed to terms on September 10, 2018
Jared Fiegl — Agreed to terms on August 8, 2018
Dylan Fitze — Agreed to terms on August 28, 2018
Corey Kalk — Agreed to terms on July 19, 2018
Chris LeBlanc — Agreed to terms on August 30, 2018
Ryan Lough — Agreed to terms on August 10, 2018
Trevor Olson — Agreed to terms on August 21, 2018
Alexandre Ranger — Rights acquired from Tulsa Oilers, agreed to terms on August 16, 2018
Kyle Rankin — Agreed to terms on July 24, 2018
Brady Shaw — Agreed to terms on July 26, 2018
Ryan Siiro — Agreed to terms on July 17, 2018
Tayler Thompson — Agreed to terms on July 12, 2018

DEFENSEMEN
Étienne Boutet — Agreed to terms on September 4, 2018
Taylor Doherty
Agreed to terms on August 2, 2018; signed overseas with Bílí Tygři Liberec (Czech Republic) on August 15, 2018
Rob Mann — Agreed to terms on June 31, 2018
Mike Monfredo — Agreed to terms on June 27, 2018
Tim Shoup — Agreed to terms on August 14, 2018
Carter Struthers — Agreed to terms on September 14, 2018
Nolan Valleau — Agreed to terms on September 12, 2018

GOALIES
Corbin Boes — Agreed to terms on July 10, 2018

PLAYED WITH ORLANDO IN 2017-18

FORWARDS
Robbie Baillargeon — ECHL contract — Agreed to terms on August 23, 2018
Chris Crane — ECHL contract, Veteran in 2018-19 — signed with Norfolk Admirals on July 17, 2018
Jean Dupuy — AHL contract
Martins Dzierkals — AHL contract — signed with Dynamo Riga (KHL) on August 21, 2018
Hunter Fejes — ECHL contract
Kale Kerbashian — ECHL contract, Veteran in 2018-19
Chris LeBlanc — ECHL contract — Agreed to terms on August 30, 2018
Curtis Miske — ECHL contract — committed to University of Alberta (USports) on August 9, 2018
Max Novak — AHL contract — signed with Tingsryds AIF (Sweden, HockeyAllsvenskan) on June 20, 2018
Joe Perry — ECHL contract
J.J. Piccinich — AHL contract, first year of two-year term, signed with Toronto Marlies on April 27, 2017
Kristian Pospisil — AHL contract — signed with Toronto Marlies for 2018-19 season on July 5, 2018
Kyle Rankin — ECHL contract — Agreed to terms on July 24, 2018
Zach Stepan — ECHL contract
Tayler Thompson — ECHL contract — Agreed to terms on July 12, 2018
Joshua Winquist — AHL contract — signed with Colorado Eagles on July 26, 2018

DEFENSEMEN
Eric Baier — ECHL contract, Veteran in 2018-19
Tommy Davis — ECHL contract
Alex Gudbranson — AHL contract — signed with Toronto Marlies for 2018-19 season on July 5, 2018
Keegan Harper — ECHL contract
Sam Jardine — ECHL contract, upgraded to AHL contract with Toronto Marlies on October 25, 2017, signed with Toronto Marlies for 2018-19 season on July 3, 2018
Aleksandr Mikulovich — ECHL contract
Mike Monfredo — ECHL contact, Veteran in 2018-19, Agreed to terms on June 27, 2018
Adam Phillips — ECHL contract, Rights traded to Tulsa Oilers on August 16, 2018
Nolan Valleau — ECHL contract — Agreed to terms on September 12, 2018
Sean Zimmerman — ECHL contract, Veteran in 2018-19

GOALIES
Cal Heeter — AHL contract
Mackenzie Skapski — AHL contract — signed with HKm Zvolen (Slovakia) on July 18, 2018

KEY DATES

JUNE 1
Protected Lists Due
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Consider this more of a housekeeping list for the league. Simply put, any player not on an AHL or NHL contract that skated for the Solar Bears in 2017-2018 under a standard player contract is eligible to be included on the list. There is no limit on the number of players.

JUNE 13
Future Considerations Trade Deadline
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Any trade during the season that occurred for “future considerations” gets completed by 3 p.m. on this day.

The Solar Bears completed the following transactions involving the rights to the following players:

  • Orlando acquires forward Mark Bennett from the Reading Royals to complete Dec. 28 transaction that saw defenseman Matias Cleland’s ECHL rights reassigned to Reading by the Toronto Marlies
  • Orlando acquires defenseman Rob Mann from the Utah Grizzlies to complete the Jan. 29 trade that sent forward Todd Skirving to Utah
  • Orlando acquires forward Stefan Fournier from the Brampton Beast to complete the Feb. 8 transaction that saw defenseman Jeff King’s ECHL rights reassigned to Brampton by the Toronto Marlies
  • Orlando acquires forward Tim Harrison from the Adirondack Thunder to complete the transaction from Oct. 25 in which Orlando sent the ECHL rights to forward Shane Conacher to Adirondack
  • Orlando sends Harrison’s rights to the South Carolina Stingrays to complete the future considerations portion of the March 8 trade that brought forward Robbie Baillargeon to Orlando

JUNE 15
Season-Ending Rosters Due
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Up to 20 players can be included on the Season-Ending Roster, reflecting the players whose rights the Solar Bears wish to keep. Only players who signed an ECHL contract during the 2017-18 season can be included as part of the Season-Ending Roster.

JUNE 16
ECHL Begins Approving 2018-19 Player Contracts

With Colorado and Quad City exiting the league, along with a number of players available from the major junior, college and professional ranks, there are a number of players who the Solar Bears are now eligible to sign to an ECHL contract for the 2018-19 season. Any player not included on Orlando’s Season-Ending Roster is eligible to be signed by other teams. Teams are prohibited from announcing player signings until contracts have been approved by the ECHL.

JUNE 30
Qualifying Offers Due
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The Solar Bears are entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the Season-Ending Roster by extending a qualifying offer no later than June 30. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans. Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1. The Solar Bears retain full rights to these players and they are prohibited from signing with any other team in the ECHL (but are free to sign in other leagues). Any player not already signed with the Solar Bears, or did not receive a qualifying offer, becomes an unrestricted free agent.