In his first few weeks as General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, Paul Holmgren made a handful of trades in an attempt to pull Philly out of last place in the NHL.
With the Orange and Black in the midst of a seven-game losing streak to drop to a record of 8-21-4, Holmgren pulled the trigger on his fourth deal in office. After he acquired Darren Reid, Todd Fedoruk, and Alexei Zhitnik in separate deals, Holmgren grabbed Mike York from the New York Islanders in exchange for Randy Robitaille and a fifth-round pick in the 2008 NHL draft. The Isles chose Matt Martin with the pick, a player who lead the team in PIMs this season.
After he posted three consecutive 40-point seasons, with a pair coming as an Edmonton Oiler followed by a campaign with the Islanders, York had six goals and seven assists in 32 games for New York before being shipped to Philadelphia.
In his 34 contests ever as a Flyer, York recorded just four goals and four assists. Two of his assists came against the Islanders, as York managed to post a minus-9 rating and failed to register a single one of his 52 career power-play goals in a Flyers’ uniform.
Although there weren’t many, there were some positives to York’s stay here. The forward was able to record a game-winner in one of the club’s 22 wins that season with his second as a Flyer. His tally broke a 2-2 tie early in the third period on February 3, 2007 in a 5-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers (go to 1:42).
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Along with a three-game point streak from February 27 to March 4, where he posted a goal and two assists, York potted a goal in his final game as a Flyer on April 3, 2007 in Philly’s 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
During the summer of 2007, York was signed by the Phoenix Coyotes to a one year, $1 million contract.
Even though he played in more than 35 games for the first time since 2005-06, York failed to break the 15-point plateau for a third straight season. With six goals and eight assists in 63 games, the 2007-08 season was York’s least productive year in the NHL. He recorded two multi-point performances, one of which was a two-goal affair in a Coyotes’ 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on November 21, 2007 (go to :13 and 1:40).
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York signed a contract with Sibir Novosibirsk of the Kontinental Hockey League after his stint with the Coyotes, but ultimately signed a two-way one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets after his KHL contract was cancelled.
York spent most of his time with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League in the 2008-09 campaign, who at the time were an affiliate for the Blue Jackets. He posted 11 goals and 47 assists for 58 points in 75 contests.
York did play in one game for the Blue Jackets that season, but he didn’t do anything of note, as he went pointless with one shot on net in 13:15 TOI. He suited up for a 2-0 Columbus loss to the Coyotes in a game where Ilya Bryzgalov recorded a 33-save shutout and Dan Carcillo dropped the gloves with Jared Boll. To date, this was York’s final game in the NHL.
The next season, York signed an AHL-only contract with the Rochester Americans, who at the time were the affiliate for the Florida Panthers. Spending time on a team with Rory Fitzpatrick, York posted 14 goals and 27 helpers for 41 points in 45 tilts for the Amerks going minus-3 overall.
York left North America to play last season in the SM-liiga with the Lahti Pelicans. Third on
the team with 27 points, York finished first on the team with 23 helpers in 52 games. Although he only played in four relegation games, York registered two goals and five assists.
Changing leagues for a second straight season, York signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). On a team that featured Jeff Cowan, Jassen Cullimore, and Sebastien Caron, York earned the right to be an alternate captain for the squad.
After posting 16 goals and 46 assists for the Roosters during the 2004-2005 lockout season, the former Flyer had 15 tallies and 18 helpers in five less games for the 2011-2012 campaign.
As for the 2012-2013 DEL regular season, it looks as though York will return to the Roosters.