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Offseason Headquarters

Welcome to Offseason Headquarters, where we take a deep dive into the players who suited up for the Solar Bears during the 2023-24 season, and keep you up to speed on their next moves for the upcoming 2024-25 season. 

Here are some important dates ahead of the Solar Bears during the offseason:

Protected List: June 8, 3 p.m. ET 

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that: 

1. Signed an SPC in 2023-24 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2023-24, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2023-24 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released. 

Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

Future Considerations Trade Deadline: June 20, 3 p.m. ET

Season-Ending Roster: June 22, 3 p.m. ET

2024-25 season contract signing window opens: June 23

Qualifying Offers Due to Players: July 7, 11:59 p.m. ET

Qualifying Offers Acceptance Period Ends: July 22, 11:59 p.m. ET


Below you will find the players that suited up for the Solar Bears during the 2023-24 season, players that received qualifying offers for the 2023-24 season, and what their contract status is for the upcoming 2024-25 season. 

ECHL Contracts:

PlayerProtected listQualifying OfferSigned 2024-25
Darik Angeli [V]Yes  
Max Balinson [QO]Yes Düsseldorfer EG (DEL)
Kelly BentYes  
Tyler Bird [V]Yes  
Francis BoisvertYes  
Luke BokaYes  
Ben CarrollYes  
Joe CarrollYes  
Chase CarterNo  
Alexandre Fortin [V]*Yes  
Alex FryeYes  
Kurt GosselinYes  
Chris HarpurYes  
Jesse JacquesYes  
Spencer Kersten [R]Yes  
Brayden Low [V]Yes  
Aaron Luchuk [V]Yes  
Ryan Mahshie [R]Yes  
Jimmy Mazza Yes  
Patrick Newell*Yes  
Michael Renwick [R] [QO]Yes  
Tanner SchachleYes  
TJ Walsh [R]Yes  
Avery WinslowYes  

AHL Contracts: 

Player2023-24 Season2024-25 Season
Tyson FeistSigned 1-yr AHL (CHI) Traded to SYRUFA
Evan FitzpatrickSigned 1-yr AHL (SYR)UFA
Brandon HalversonSigned 2-yr AHL (SYR)Signed (SYR)
Mitchell HoelscherSigned 1-yr AHL (SPR)UFA
Kevin Lombardi [R]Signed 1-yr, 2-way AHL (SYR)UFA
Zachary MassicotteSigned 1-yr AHL (SYR)UFA
Daniel WalkerSigned 1-yr AHL (SYR)UFA

NHL Contracts:

Player2023-24 Season2024-25 Season
Jeremie BiakabutukaSigned 2-yr ELC (STL)Signed (STL)
Tanner DickinsonSigned 2nd of 3-yr ELC (STL)Signed (STL)
Jaydon DureauSigned 2nd of 3-yr ELC (TB)Signed (TB)
Colten EllisSigned 3rd of 3-yr ELC (STL)Extended 1 yr, 2-way NHL (STL)
Marc-Andre GaudetSigned 1st of 3-yr ELC (STL)Signed (STL)
Anton Malmström [R]Signed 1st of 2-yr ELC (STL)Signed (STL)

Key: [R] = Rookie for 2024-25 season, [V] = Veteran for 2024-25 season, * = Placed on Team Suspension during 2023-24 season to maintain ECHL playing rights, QO = Qualifying Offer was made to player for 2023-24 season, ELC = Entry Level Contract, UFA = Unrestricted Free Agent, RFA = Restricted Free Agent.