Frequent Flyer Miles: Jagr joins the Devils, Delmore retires and becomes assistant coach, Riopel to play in Denmark

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It was a slow week in terms of the movement of former Philadelphia Flyers and Philly’s draft picks, as only three former players and two draft picks switched clubs. The most notable move was Jaromir Jagr joining the New Jersey Devils.

Jagr was a member of the Flyers in 2011-2012, where he posted 53 points in 73 tilts and eight points in 11 contests during the 2012 postseason. He played with HC Kladno in the Czech’s Tipsport Extraliga during the lockout before playing for the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins this past season. Jagr failed to score a goal in the 22 games he played during the 2013 postseason, but he did have 10 helpers.

Another former Flyer decided to hang up the skates this week, as blue liner Andy Delmore retired as a player and decided to join the Sarnia Sting as an assistant coach. The defenseman spent time in the Orange and Black’s organization from 1997-1998 to 2000-2001 before he went on to play for the Nashville Predators, Buffalo Sabres, and Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Delmore also played for several AHL teams, as he concluded his time in North America with the Abbotsford Heat during the 2009-2010 campaign. The defenseman spent time with three different teams in 2012-2013, as he played for the Graz 99ers and HC Bolzano in Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, as well as Ritten/Renon Sport in Italy’s Elite A.

Daniel Lacroix will also be an assistant coach in 2013-2014, as he will help Alain Vigneault with the New York Rangers. Lacroix was an enforcer for Philly during the years of 1996-1997 and 1997-1998 before he went on to play for eight different teams in six different leagues before retiring in 2002. He was an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the last three seasons and was an assistant with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL, where he helped Guy Boucher. Lacroix also served as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders and the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL.

As for draft picks, the tandem of Nicola Riopel and Roman Malov switched teams.

Riopel, who the Flyers picked 142nd overall in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, will play for Frederikshavn in Denmark’s AL-Bank Ligaen. The goalie had two rough seasons with the Adirondack Phantoms, as he had a 3.35 GAA and .893 save percentage in 2009-2010 along with a 3.55 GAA and .874 save percentage the following season. Riopel also struggled with the Greenville Road Warriors in the ECHL during those two seasons. The netminder had a 3.33 GAA and .915 save percentage for the Dundee Stars in the United Kingdom’s EIHL.

Malov, who the Orange and Black selected in the seventh-round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, will play for HK Sarov next season in the VHL, a secondary league in Russia. The 35-year-old forward has never played a game in the NHL, AHL, or ECHL. Malov spent last season in Ukraine’s PHL with Kompanion Kiev. The skater’s highest point total since being drafted by Philadelphia came the first season after being selected by the Flyers, as he had 32 points in 61 games for the Kingston Frontenacs in the OHL.

Another pair of players linked to the Flyers’ franchise that changed venues were Derrick Pallis and Austin Fyten.

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Pallis will be a member of the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays in 2013-2014. The 23-year-old defenseman had three goals and 14 helpers in 38 games last year for the Trenton Titans and one assist with the Titans in 2011-2012. Pallis played for Princeton University from 2008-2009 to 2011-2012 and also had a stint with the CHL’s Fort Worth Brahmas this past season.

Fyten, who attended the Flyers’ prospect camp in 2012, signed a deal with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL. The pugilistic forward was part of the Dallas Stars’ system last year, as he had 41 points in 46 for the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL and two assists in 11 games for the Texas Stars in the AHL.

One final transfer that somewhat relates to the Flyers is the move of Olegs Koreskovs to IL Krakene Moss Hockey in Norway’s 1.divisjon. Koreskovs had 26 points in 37 games with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers in the AYHL in 2004-2005.