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04-16-2013, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Rumblick View Post
The first of those two early exits came on the heels of a 100-point season - not exactly the Albany Devils, is it?

The Bears - Caps relationship is matched by less than half a dozen AHL - NHL pairings, if you look at it. Over 20 caps draftees have come through Hershey during the affiliation, many playing significant roles on the Bears.

Beyind that, look at the non - draftees. Free agent players have been drawn to Hershey & have been allowed to come here. The Caps have, at times, signed guys to 2-ways that they had no intention of playing in DC, knowing they'd help out here (probably at the request of Doug Yingst). We're also allowed (and financially able) to sign our own players, which not a lot of AHL teams can do outside of ECHL callups.

You want a bad affiliate? Remember Colorado, during the 0-16-2 stretch of 2001-02, saying "We don't care about the won-lost record, as long as we feel our players are developing" (which they proved by barely helping us at all during the 2004 lockout). Player personnel disgreements with Philly forced the Bears to go out and get Frederic Chabot without permission, which was the beginning of the end of that marriage.

There are a ton of affiliates that are a LOT worse off than us. Springfield, Albany, even the Phantoms have had many more down years than us. Manchester, who just LOVES to play the prospects, has been past the first round twice in their team's history. The Binghamton Senators have made the playoffs once since we've been with the Caps up to this year.

We're just spoiled by success, but the Caps have done right by us way more than any other affiliate we've had. It truly amazes me that people can't see that.

Well said. As a Bears fan I can appreciate the Caps and what the management has done.

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