THE MacBETH REPORT:
D Mitch Versteeg (Lethbridge, 2006-09) signed a one-year contract with Heilbronner Falken (Germany, DEL2). He had eight goals and 14 assists in 55 games with the Trenton Titans and Kalamazoo Wings (both ECHL) last season. . . .
F Justin Feser (Tri-City, 2008-13) and F Shayne Wiebe (Kamloops, Brandon, 2006-11) both signed one-year-plus-option contracts with Olten (Switzerland, NL B). . . . Feser had 44 goals and 62 assists in 72 games with the Americans and two assists in six games with the Portland Pirates (AHL) last season. . . . Wiebe had one goal and two assists in 25 games with the Connecticut Whale (AHL) and seven goals and five assists in 12 games with the Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL) last season. . . . Feser is expected to arrive in Olten on Aug. 4. Wiebe isn’t expected before Aug. 12.
THE COACHING GAME:
Dean Evason, the head coach of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, has received a contract extension through 2014-15. Evason, a former WHL player and coach, now is signed through 2014-15. The Admirals are affiliated with the NHL’s Nashville Predators. . . . Milwaukee went 41-28-4-3 last season, Evason’s first as its head coach. Prior to that, he spent seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Washingon Capitals.
The ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones have signed Ben Simon as their new head coach. Simon is from the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, so is an Ohio native. . . . He spent the past two seasons as an an assistant coach with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. . . . Simon takes over from Jarrod Skalde, who now is an assistant coach with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals. Skalde spent three seasons as Cincinnati’s head coach.
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