Now that the season is over for the Rochester Americans it’s time to take a look and see who is still under contract with the Panthers or Amerks, who is and who is not still likely to sign. I grouped players by signed, likely to sign and RFA and UFA. Under each category I put some guesses about the status of the players.
Currently Under Contract for 10/11:
Coaches: Benoit Groulx and Jason Cipolla
Goalies: Alexander Salak, Marc Cheverie
Defense: Michael Caruso, Keaton Ellerby, Adam Comrie, James DeLory
Forwards: Evgeny Dadonov, Michal Repik, Brady Calla, Graham Mink, Chris Taylor, Shawn Matthias, Victor Oreskovich, Eric Selleck, AJ Jenks
One Way: Clay Wilson and Jeff Taffe are signed but to one way contracts with the Florida Panthers. If they don’t fit into their plans it’s still possible the Panthers will try and have them clear waivers to be sent to the Amerks.
***** Shawn Matthias has probably played his last game in the AHL and should be able to earn a job with the Panthers going forward. Keaton Ellerby will be trying to earn a job as well but he has some work ahead. It’s amazing that James DeLory is still under contract but has never been given a chance in the AHL.
Likely To Sign:
Goalie: Jacob Markstrom
Defense: Colby Robak
Forward: Scott Timmins
Restricted Free Agents:
Goalies: Tyler Plante
Defense: Jason Garrison, Jordan Henry, Peter Aston, Luke Beaverson
Forwards: Andrew Sweetland, Kenndal McArdle, Dan Collins, Mike Duco
***** It’s a no brainer that Jason Garrison will be offered a contract and likely battle for a full time job in Florida. Jordan Henry, Mike Duco and Kenndal McArdle should be made offers as well. The status of Tyler Plante will likely depend on what the Panthers have in store for Jacob Markstrom and if they’re going to try and trade Tomas Vokoun. We can probably say goodbye to Peter Aston, Andrew Sweetland, Luke Beaverson and Dan Collins.
Unrestricted Free Agents:
Goalies: Chris Beckford-Tseu
Defense: Mathieu Roy, Rory Fitzpatrick
Forwards: Steve MacIntyre, Jimmy Bonneau, David Brine, Jamie Johnson, Mike York
***** Jamie Johnson has made it clear he’s not coming back. Mike York was on an AHL contract with the Amerks and said he’d love to come back. MacIntyre had an NHL contract, Bonneau was AHL only with the Amerks. It’d be nice to have at least one of them back into the lineup. They both proved they could be enforcers and also play the puck as well. Fitzpatrick is retiring and Roy will likely be looking for an organization that can offer him a real chance in the NHL. The same can probably be said about David Brine, I imagine he’ll be chasing the dream elsewhere. Chris Beckford-Tseu, well we all know he won’t be back.
Daniel Steiner, Matt Duffy, Carl Hudson, Maxime Gratchev, John Scott Dickson, Andrew Lord, Corey Syvret, Scott Hotham, Ernie Hartlieb
***** These players were all either signed to AHL, PTO or ATO deals by the Amerks throughout the season. I could see Daniel Steiner getting another look if he can’t find an NHL deal somewhere. Carl Hudson was a tough gritty defenseman who may have earned himself a look somewhere. Gratchev and Hartlieb could be a couple of players offered deals but spend a lot of time with the Florida Everblades.
There’s always a lot going on when it comes to the status of players and contracts. I think I have everyone but open to feedback if anyone see’s an error somewhere.