The biggest news of the week, in terms of where former Philadelphia Flyers went, is Michael Leighton signing in the KHL. The former Flyer did not play a single game as a Columbus Blue Jacket in 2013, as he has joined Donbass Donetsk for the 2013-2014 campaign. Leighton didn’t play a single game for the Flyers in 2011-2012 and only appeared in one game during the 2013 shortened season. He took part in 14 of Philly’s 23 games during the 2010 postseason run, as he posted a 2.46 GAA and a .916 save percentage. The Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick will become teammates with Oskars Bartulis, Lukas Kaspar, Randy Robitaille, and Ruslan Fedotenko. Former NHLers Anssi Salmela and Clay Wilson will also play for Donbass Donetsk next year.
The only other former Flyer to move this week was defenseman Jamie Fritsch, who will play for Milano Rossoblu in Italy’s Elite.A next season. Fritsch only played one game in the Orange and Black, as he took part in the 2008-2009 season finale, a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers. Although he had a hit and finished plus-1 in his 4:34 TOI, Fritsch may be remembered more for being out of position on Blair Betts’ game-winning goal. The loss forced the Flyers to go on the road in the opening round of the 2009 playoffs, as they took on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fritsch was an alternate captain for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL last year.
As for Philadelphia draft picks, Terrance Amorosa, the Flyers’ fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, has committed to playing for Providence College in 2014-2015. Amorosa is already committed to playing for the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL in 2013-2014. The 18-year-old blue liner, who was taken 132nd overall, has played the last two seasons with Holderness School in New Hampshire, where he totaled 37 points in 56 games.
In Adirondack Phantoms news, the team has signed defenseman Steven Delisle to a minor-league contract. The blue liner played in 61 games for the Greenville Road Warriors in the ECHL last season and four games for the Connecticut Whale in the AHL. Picked 107th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Blue Jackets, Delisle has never played an NHL game, has appeared in 10 AHL games, and has taken part in 99 ECHL games. He is a 6’5”, 209-pound 23-year-old.
As for former Trenton Titans, a group of players made news this week. The trio of Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Mike Banwell, and Phil DeSimone joined different teams this week, while Gentry Zollars signed a contract extension.
Letourneau-Leblond will play for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2013-2014. The scrappy forward spent last season with the Norfolk Admirals in the AHL and spent time with the Calgary Flames and the New Jersey Devils in previous seasons. Letourneau-Leblond played for the Titans in 2006-2007, when he compiled 13 points and 183 PIMs in 52 contests.
Banwell will be joining the Reading Royals for next season. In addition to his time with the Titans, Banwell has been a member of the Worcester Sharks, Springfield Falcons, and Albany Devils in the AHL over recent seasons. He had two assists and 38 PIMs in 21 games over the last two seasons with the Titans.
DeSimone will play for Jokerit in the SM-liiga in 2013-2014. He played all of three games for the Titans, as he registered three goals and two helpers in a trio of games last season for Trenton. DeSimone also spent time with the Albany Devils last season and the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2011-2012. He’ll be teammates with Leland Irving, Jarkko Ruutu, and Ossi Vaananen.
As for Zollars, the skater will stay with the Wheeling Nailers for the 2013-2014 campaign. He had a goal, an assist, 26 PIMs, and a minus-4 rating in 22 games last year for the Nailers. In 18 games with the Titans over the last two seasons, Zollars had two helpers, 17 PIMs, and a minus-7 rating. He also failed to record a point in four games with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL and recorded 22 points in 23 games with the Danbury Whalers in the FHL last season.