NHL Rumors: 2 Potential Free-Agent Destinations for Ethan Bear

Ethan Bear is one of the top defensemen still on the free-agent market. Although he is expected to miss the first few months of the season, there should be teams out there willing to sign him to a cheap one-year deal. Let's go over two clubs that stand out.

Philadelphia Flyers: The Philadelphia Flyers could use a bit more defensive depth before the start of the 2023-24 season. If they signed Bear, he would be an immediate fit on their bottom pairing and could see time on both of their special team units. Furthermore, if he had a big year, he would be a nice trade asset for them to sell at the deadline. 

Vancouver Canucks: The Vancouver Canucks could also consider bringing back Bear. They would need to figure out their salary cap situation first, however. It is also important to note that Bear has expressed interest in returning, so let's see if they give him another shot in 2023-24.

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