Top Available UFA to Make Return with the Oilers?

Published December 8, 2023 at 1:06 PM

Highly Sought-After UFA Ready to Make a Comeback


Ever since making his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers, Ethan Bear has solidified his reputation as a reliable NHL defenseman. Now, as he recuperates from a significant shoulder surgery, Bear is on the lookout for another NHL contract in the upcoming season.

Bear, 26, played 251 games in his NHL career, notching 63 points and earning a special place in the hearts of fans. According to Chris Johnston, the Canucks, Leafs, Devils, and Penguins have all expressed keen interest in securing his services.

Chris Johnston on Insider Trading says the Capitals are keenly interested in Ethan Bear, they're a team to watch, the Canucks, Leafs, Devils and Penguins have shown interest as well.

Possible Return to Edmonton on the Horizon for Bear?


Initially drafted by the Oilers in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, Bear spent three seasons in Edmonton before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Warren Foegele.

Subsequently, Bear found himself traded once more, this time to the Canucks, where he played a portion of a season before enduring the significant injury.

While the Oilers, grappling with defensive challenges, could greatly benefit from Bear's return, the widespread interest from various NHL teams makes securing his services a tough task.

Where do you think Bear will sign?

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Top Available UFA to Make Return with the Oilers?

Where do you think Bear will sign?

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