Another week in the offseason just means more former Philadelphia Flyers on the move, as 10 former players or draft picks changed franchises or leagues. The most notable former Flyer to switch clubs may have been the return of one of the Orange and Black’s most popular goaltenders returning to the team’s front office, but I’ll digress.
Along with Ron Hextall’s return to Philly, the biggest names to move were Brian Boucher, Daniel Carcillo, and Nikolay Zherdev.
Boosh will join his second club that isn’t based in North America, and his first during a season that doesn’t involve an NHL lockout, as he will play for Zug in Switzerland’s NLA in 2013-2014. After playing in a few games for the Flyers and 16 games for the Adirondack Phantoms this past season, Philly’s first-round pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft will become teammates with Andrew Hutchinson, Tim Ramholt, and Rob Schremp.
Carcillo was shipped to Flyers West in exchange for a conditional draft pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The former Flyer pugilist had three points and 11 PIMs in 23 regular season games before he had an assist in four playoff games for the Chicago Blackhawks on their way to the 2013 Stanley Cup victory. Carcillo had 16 goals, 16 helpers, and 414 PIMs in 153 regular season games with the Orange and Black.
Zherdev became a free agent in the KHL after the offense-heavy forward went unselected in the league’s expansion draft. Although he had 37 points in 39 games for Atlant Mytishchi, Zherdev was selected as one of the five players by GM Alexei Zhamnov from the squad to be available in the expansion draft. He had 16 goals and six helpers in 56 games for Philly back in the 2010-2011 regular season.
As for players who were once Phantoms, Garrett Roe and Matt Ford have become members of new teams this week.
Roe left the AHL to play in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga for EC Salzburg. The forward, who had 66 points in 129 contests for Adirondack over the last two seasons, will be teammates with Philly draft pick Bernd Bruckler, who the Flyers picked 150th in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Mark Cullen, and Thomas Raffl, who is Michael’s brother.
Ford, who the Flyers acquired from the Washington Capitals in exchange for blue liner Kevin Marshall in February of 2012, became a member of the Oklahoma City Barons. After he had 13 points in 35 games last year for the Phantoms and 11 points in 18 games for the Springfield Falcons, Ford will join the Edmonton Oilers’ AHL affiliate in 2013-2014.
As for former Trenton Titans and ECHL players in the Flyers’ organization, a trio of players switched venues. The group of Andrew Conboy, Tim Spencer, and Dustin Cameron have found homes in Europe.
Conboy, who had 101 PIMs in 20 games for the Trenton Titans last season, joined the Cardiff Devils of the EIHL. Along with the former ECHLer, the EIHL’s only team based in Wales will also have Daniel LaCosta, who used to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Spencer will play against Conboy in the EIHL, as the winger is now a Sheffield Steeler. The forward, who suited up in two games for the Titans last year, will dress up alongside Drew Fata, former Titan Chad Langlais, and Steven Goertzen.
Cameron, who spent last year in the EIHL with the Coventry Blaze, will join the Ravensburg Towerstars in the DEL2, Germany’s second-highest level of hockey. The 24-year-old left winger had 47 points and 99 PIMs in 72 games as the Titans’ alternate captain in 2011-2012.
As for some other moves, defenseman Travis Gawryletz joined Szekesfehervar in Austria’s EBEL. The Flyers’ eighth-round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft never played in the NHL, but he played in parts of four seasons in the AHL and the ECHL.
Defenseman Raman Hrabarenka, who played for the Philadelphia Revolution during the 2009-2010 campaign, signed a deal with the New Jersey Devils’ organization. He’ll most likely play for the Albany Devils next season.