There weren’t a lot of noteworthy former Philadelphia Flyers involved in transactions this week, but there were several lesser known former Flyers that moved and a lengthy list of former Phantoms that signed with different teams. The biggest news could surround the tandem of Jaromir Jagr and Danny Briere.
Jagr, who was told by Peter Chiarelli and the Boston Bruins last week he wouldn’t return to the team for next season, could return to the 2013 Eastern Conference champions, as Chiarelli said it’s possible they could contact the veteran forward for his services if need be. As for Briere, the trio of the New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, and the Montreal Canadiens seem to be the favorites to grab the former member of the Orange and Black.
A lot of the other transactions this week were due to players either receiving or not receiving qualifying offers from their current clubs. This led to Mitch Wahl and Blake Kessel leaving the Flyers’ organization, as well as former Flyer Andreas Nodl and former Phantom Luke Pither from returning to the Carolina Hurricanes’ organization. Wahl, Kessel, and Pither never played a game for the Flyers, but Nodl suited up for Philly in four different seasons and took part in 12 postseason games.
Another player who wasn’t offered a qualifying offer from their club was Stefan Legein, who will be leaving the Los Angeles Kings’ organization. Legein spent the last two seasons playing for the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL, as he had 42 points in 114 regular season games.
One player formerly in the Flyers’ organization that did receive a qualifying offer from their current team was goaltender Niko Hovinen, who will stay with the Edmonton Oilers. Hovinen went 4-6-3 with the Trenton Titans in 2012-2013 with a 3.14 GAA and .889 save percentage.
One of the bigger moves this week was Ruslan Fedotenko returning to Donbass Donetsk of the KHL, the club he played for during this past season’s lockout. Fedotenko had four goals and nine helpers in 47 contests in his second stint with the Flyers.
In the Flyers’ only trade this week, the team received Kris Newbury from the New York Rangers in exchange for Danny Syvret. Newbury has recorded nine points in 71 NHL games since 2006-2007, while Syvret has seven points in 59 NHL games since 2005-2006.
As for the only remaining news for a player that played in the organization this year, forward Mike Ullrich signed with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. Ullrich had 15 goals and 14 assists in 26 games for the Trenton Titans in 2012-2013 and will be playing for the Minnesota Wild’s affiliate next season.
Daniel Corso, who played in six games for the Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2006-2007 campaign, will be joining Ilves in the SM-liiga next season. After spending time in the SHL, KHL, and NLB, Corso will be joining a team that features Braydon Coburn’s brother Greg.
Jon Rheault, who the Flyers picked 145th overall in the fifth round of the 2006 NHL Draft, is leaving North America to play for Adler Mannheim in the DEL. Rheault played in five games for the Florida Panthers last year and had 48 points in 67 games for the San Antonio Rampage in the AHL after two straight seasons with the Abbotsford Heat, who are the Calgary Flames’ AHL affiliate.
Former Flyer Boyd Kane is leaving the Hershey Bears and the Washington Capitals’ organization and joining Medvescak Zagreb in the KHL next season. Kane served as the Bears’ captain for the last two seasons and spent time with the Flyers and the Phantoms from 2003-2004 to 2008-2009.
Tim Ramholt, who played in seven games for the Philadelphia Phantoms in the 2008-2009 campaign, will be switching NLA teams, as he’ll be leaving Davos and joining Zug. Ramholt, who didn’t record a point and was minus-1 in his time with the Phantoms, has spent the last four seasons with Davos.
Joey Mormina, who was picked 193rd overall by the Flyers in the sixth round of the 2002 NHL Draft and played for the Phantoms in 2009-2010, will join the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL next season. Mormina has spent four of the last five seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, as he served as the team’s alternate captain in 2011-2012 and the team’s captain in 2012-2013.
With the signing of Vincent Lecavalier, the Flyers will most likely make an impactful trade and/or sign a few free agents, which will lead to more news in terms of former Flyers.