A few former Philadelphia Flyers, as well as one Adirondack Phantom, were either released from their current team or found a new home for next season this week. Jaromir Jagr learned he won’t be a Boston Bruin next year, while the tandem of Harry Zolnierczyk and Matt Ellison changed clubs for the 2013-2014 season. On top of that, former Phantom Michael Ryan also switched clubs.
After being traded to the Boston Bruins at the trade deadline by the Dallas Stars, Jagr helped the Bruins reach Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals before the squad bowed out to the Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately for the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NHL Draft, Peter Chiarelli and company decided to focus their energy on resigning forward Nathan Horton. Andrew Ference and Jay Pandolfo were also notified they wouldn’t be returning to the Bruins next year.
Jagr had two goals and seven assists in 11 regular season games for Boston before he compiled 10 helpers in 22 postseason games. The former Flyer didn’t have a goal in the playoffs, but he was still a key factor for the Bruins offensively. Jagr had 54 points in 73 regular season games and eight points in 11 postseason games for the Flyers during the 2011-2012 campaign.
The only other major move of the week at the NHL or AHL level for former Flyers was the transfer of Zolnierczyk to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In exchange for defenseman Alex Grant, Harry Z was dealt to Philly’s rival earlier in the week.
The Flyers’ organization signed Zolnierczyk in March of 2011 out of Brown University. After spending part of the 2010-2011 season with the Phantoms, Zolnierczyk split time evenly between Adirondack and the Orange and the Black in 2011-2012. He had eight goals and 13 helpers in 39 games with the Phantoms, as well as three goals and three assists in 37 games for the Flyers. In 2013, Zolnierczyk had one assist in seven games for the Flyers and 17 points in 52 games for the Phantoms.
Zolnierczyk was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks’ organization in exchange for Jay Rosehill, who signed an extension with the Orange and Black through the 2014-2015 campaign.
In news overseas, former defenseman Matt Ellison switched from the KHL to the NLA, as he signed with EHC Biel for the 2013-2014 season.
After playing in a grand total of seven games for the Flyers between the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 campaigns, Ellison spent 2007-2008 with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL before he left for the KHL. He spent time with Dinamo Riga, HC MVD, and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod over the last five seasons before leaving for the NLA in Switzerland.
Ellison is more memorable for being involved in one of the worst trades in Flyers’ history rather than his performance on the ice. Philly received Ellison and a third-round pick in the 2006 NHL Draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Patrick Sharp and Eric Meloche. With the third-round pick from Chicago the Flyers selected Ryan White, who the Flyers dealt to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick in the 2006 NHL Draft. Philly picked Jonathan Matsumoto and Jakub Kovar, two players that ended up never playing for the Flyers.
As for a move that didn’t involve a former Flyer, Michael Ryan, who spent a season with the Phantoms, has joined Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL.
Ryan was signed by the Flyers’ organization in November of 2010 and took part in 52 games for Adirondack during the 2010-2011 campaign. He had 25 goals and 16 assists, as well as 47 PIMs, before leaving to sign with the Buffalo Sabres’ organization in the summer of 2011.
After one year with the Rochester Americans, the Sabres’ AHL affiliate, Ryan crossed the pond and played for Assat in the SM-liiga, where he had 36 points in 53 games. He also had nine points in 13 playoff games for Assat.
Ryan will be playing alongside former NHLers Mark Katic, Mark Popovic, Mike Glumac, Hugh Jessiman, Charles Linglet, Bill Thomas, and Ryan Vesce in 2013-2014.