Ex-Canuck Ethan Bear aiming for late-December return from shoulder surgical procedure

Ethan Bear, who performed for the Vancouver Canucks in 2022-23, had shoulder surgical procedure in June

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Whichever NHL workforce lands Ethan Bear’s providers over the subsequent month can begin planning for his return.

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The defenceman has been skating in West Kelowna for a while.

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Bear had shoulder surgical procedure in June, fixing what he and his agent mentioned was a long-standing problem that was solely aggravated in the course of the World Championships final Might. Bear had suited up for Canada and performed a key position for the workforce earlier than getting damage.

On the time his surgical procedure was introduced, it was anticipated he can be out for six months.

Bear’s agent, Jason Davidson, confirmed to Postmedia Saturday that his consumer has “late December” as a focused return date.

A right-shot defenceman, the Canucks’ administration was clear of their curiosity in re-signing Bear after final season. Vancouver picked up Bear in an early-season commerce with the Carolina Hurricanes.

After Rick Tocchet took over as head coach, Bear’s sport flourished.

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He was due a US$2.2 million qualifying provide final summer time if the Canucks wished to retain his rights and preserve him as a restricted free agent, however as soon as he went beneath the knife, the Canucks determined to easily let him stroll and turn out to be an unrestricted free agent.

Canucks normal supervisor Patrik Allvin has mentioned just a few instances since letting Bear free that he stays eager about re-signing Bear. However Davidson has urged a number of instances that there are suitors for Bear’s signature past the Canucks.

As a result of Bear can be signing after the beginning of the common season, no matter wage he agrees to shall be pro-rated in opposition to the remaining days within the season, making his cap hit one thing like twice as a lot as he would truly be paid.

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And so any workforce eager about signing Bear must take this into consideration.

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