Frequent Flyer Miles: Nodl to play in Switzerland, Potulny’s injury results in departure from KHL

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We are now at the point of the offseason where the biggest news related to former Philadelphia Flyers has reached Andreas Nodl signing in Switzerland and Ryan Potulny being released from a KHL squad. The list of players who were once linked to the Orange and Black and endured transactions this week is still rather long, but Nodl and Potulny are the only two who actually played a game for the Flyers.

Nodl, who spent last season with the Carolina Hurricanes’ organization and HC Innsbruck in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga during the lockout, has signed with Lausanne HC in the NLA. The Flyers waived the winger in November of 2011 and the Hurricanes picked him up. Nodl had 28 points in 127 games with Philly and an assist in eight games with Carolina. Lausanne will also boast former NHL goalie Cristobal Huet next season.

As for Potulny, the former Flyer was released by Avangard Omsk of the KHL due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery. The forward was participating in a “friendly” against Metallurg Magnitogorsk when the injury happened. According to, both Potulny and Avangard Omsk agreed to terminate the contract. Since he last played for the Flyers in 2007-2008, Potulny has competed for the franchises of the Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Ottawa Senators.

A trio of notable former Phantoms signed with different clubs this week, as the tandem of Mike Testwuide and Jeff Dimmen joined a South Korean club and Mitch Wahl will play in Austria’s EBEL.

Testwuide and Dimmen will suit up for Anyang Halla in the Asia League Ice Hockey next season. Testwuide had 70 points in 3 seasons with the Phantoms before being dealt to the Calgary Flames’ organization, while Dimmen had 14 points on Adirondack’s blue line this season.

Wahl, who was ironically traded to the Flyers’ organization in exchange for Testwuide in a one-for-one deal, will play for EC Salzburg in 2013-2014 in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. Wahl played a total of 15 games for the Phantoms and had four points. The center posted 59 points in 45 games for the Utah Grizzlies this past season, the Flames’ ECHL affiliate. The forward will join a club that will boast Bernd Bruckler, Mark Cullen, and Garrett Roe.

A pair of players that used to the Philadelphia Phantoms made moves this week, as Marc Cavosie and Kiel McLeod changed teams.

Cavosie, who suited up for the Phantoms in 2005-2006, joined the Bietigheim Steelers in the DEL2. The forward had 29 points in 63 games for the Flyers’ AHL affiliate in his lone season with the organization.

McLeod has joined Val Pusteria (Brunico) in Italy’s Elite.A. The center participated in 42 games for the Flyers’ franchise, as he had four points in 34 games for the Phantoms and nine points in eight games for the Trenton Titans during the 2006-2007 campaign. McLeod has played for an ECHL squad, an Austrian club, a Norwegian team, and a German team over the last four years.

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Ned Lukacevic also switched teams this week, as he joined Japan’s Tohoku Free Blades in the ALIH. Lukacevic was part of a package the Flyers sent to the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Andrew Alberts in 2008. In the deal, Philadelphia also sent a fourth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft to Boston and the Bruins selected Lane MacDermid, who was then sent in a package deal to the Dallas Stars for Jaromir Jagr in April.

As for the movement of former Trenton Titans, the trio of Ryan Grimshaw, Connor Goggin, and Ryan Hayes signed with new clubs within the last seven days.

Grimshaw, who suited up for the Titans over the last two seasons, has inked a deal with Adler Mannheim in the DEL. The 23-year-old blue liner had three goals and three assists in 26 games with Trenton over the last two seasons, as he also spent time in the AHL with the Rochester Americans and the Toronto Marlies in that time.

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Goggin will play for the Idaho Steelheads next season. The defenseman had 14 points in 62 games for the Titans this past season and hopes to improve his play next season with the Dallas Stars’ ECHL affiliate.

Hayes, who finished the ECHL season with the Stockton Thunder, signed an extension with the New York Islanders’ affiliate. The 24-year-old spent parts of the last two seasons with the Titans and totaled 54 points in 77 games. Hayes also spent time with the South Carolina Stingrays last season.