Bears Recall Neuvirth, Goepfert

Per Tim Leone, "The Hershey Bears are recalling goalies Michal Neuvirth and Bobby Goepfert from South Carolina (ECHL), Bears head coach Bob Woods said Friday."

The moves answer the question we posed this morning (too bad - I was hoping the Bears would sign Stretch to a PTO), but there's a little more significance than that in that if Neuvirth plays with the Bears, he will be ineligible to be loaned to another AHL team this season and then return to Hershey. Perhaps at this point that's not a big deal, but couple it with Tarik's note that "Varlamov, it appears, is definitely here to stay -- at least for tonight's game against the Sabres, if not longer [...]" and one can't help but wonder what the immediate future might hold for all of Washington's netminders.

Here are the season stats for the relevant netminders (click on league for that league's goaltending leaders):


Lge GP MIN W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
 Brent Johnson NHL 18 952 10 5 2 40 2.52 479 439 .916 0


Lge GP MIN W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Jose Theodore NHL 19 1047 9 6 1 58 3.32 488 430 .881 1


Lge GP MIN W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Simeon Varlamov NHL 2 120 2 0 0 3 1.50 64 61 .953 0


Lge GP MIN W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Simeon Varlamov AHL 14 807 11 3 0 31 2.30 342 311 .909 1


Lge GP MIN W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Michal Neuvirth ECHL 10 602 6 4 0 19 1.90 278 259 .932 2

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