In what’s been the busiest week in terms of movement since the beginning of the Frequent Flyer Miles column, a laundry list of former Philadelphia Flyers and draft picks, Adirondack Phantoms, and Trenton Titans changed clubs, signed extensions, or were involved in rumors.
A handful of former Flyers were involved in transactions, as Brian Boucher, Vinny Prospal, David Laliberte, and Nikolay Zherdev found themselves on the move.
According to the website Blick.ch, Boucher has been cut by EV Zug in the NLA. The former Flyer didn’t exactly impress EV Zug to keep his job, as he allowed 16 goals in five games, according to NHLexpertpicks.com. He saw four games with the Flyers last year, as he posted a 2.50 GAA and a .891 save percentage. The 36-year-old goaltender will look for another potential job.
Former Flyer forward Prospal is looking for a spot on a club outside the NHL and, according to isport.cz, that team might be HC Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic’s 1.liga. Prospal had 30 points in 48 games last year for the Columbus Blue Jackets, as well as 23 points during the lockout in 19 games for HC Ceske Budejovice.
As for Laliberte, the forward has been invited to the Hamilton Bulldogs’ training camp roster. Laliberte, who had three points in 11 games for Philly back in 2009-2010 and two points in five games last year with the Trenton Titans, hopes to become a member of the Montreal Canadiens’ affiliate. Along with Laliberte, Paul Cianfrini, who had five helpers and 22 PIMs in 36 tilts for the Titans last year, is also at Hamilton’s training camp as is Kelsey Wilson.
A name that we’ve seen constantly on the move this summer is Zherdev, who looks to play for Spartak Moskva in the KHL next year. Back in June, the former Flyer switched from Ak Bars Kazan in the KHL to Atlant Mytishchi before moving from Mytishchi to HC Lev Praha. After being released by HC Lev Praha, Zherdev has finally landed with Spartak Moskva. The one-dimensional forward had 22 points in 56 games for the Orange and Black back in 2010-2011.
As for Phantoms’ news, the expected move of several Flyers being put on waivers to join Adirondack came when the group of Marc-Andre Bourdon, Kris Newbury, Ben Holmstrom, and Yann Danis went through the experience. All three skaters are expected to see a few games with the Flyers on a call-up basis, as Danis might see the crease if either Ray Emery or Steve Mason go down with an injury.
Several new faces are at the Phantoms’ training camp. In addition to Mark Nemec, the group of Guillaume Asselin, Jordie Johnston, Lee Baldwin, Jean-Michel Rizk, and Mike Cornell has joined the team on a try-out basis. Johnston and Baldwin were already with the Greenville Road Warriors, while Asselin is coming from the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL, Rizk is coming from Anaheim Ducks’ organization, and Cornell is coming from the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.
One former Phantom involved in a transaction this week was Mike Matczak, who signed a contract extension with the Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL. Matczak had zero points, zero PIMs, and an even plus/minus rating in four games with the Phantoms in 2010-2011, as he had six points in 23 contests for the team that is now the affiliate of the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks. Former Trenton Titan Joel Martin also signed a contract extension with the Wings this week.
The only Flyers’ draft pick involved in a move this week was Mike Ratchuk, who was invited to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ training camp. Even if the second-round pick for Philly in 2006 doesn’t make the roster for Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate, he’ll play for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL.
As for former Titans, several members of the former Trenton hockey club changed squads beginning with Jordon Southorn, who has been invited to the Rockford IceHogs’ training camp. Southorn had 16 points in 28 games in 2011-2012 with the Titans, as well as 34 points in 64 games with the Elmira Jackals last season.
The pair of Kelly Zajac and Alexandre Carrier have been invited to the Albany Devils’ training camp. Zajac had 16 points in 15 tilts last year for Trenton, while Carrier had six points and 102 PIMs in 47 games for the Titans.
Another former Titan heading to another AHL camp is Mike Banwell, who will be joining the Hershey Bears’ camp. The blue liner had an assist in 10 games with Trenton last season and an assist in 11 games in 2011-2012.
The other Titans trying out at AHL camps will be Connor Goggin joining the Worcester Sharks, Ryan Grimshaw with the Rochester Americans, and the tandem of Mike Ullrich and Patrick Kennedy joining the St. John’s IceCaps. Kory Nagy has also signed a PTO with the Orlando Solar Bears.