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Then and Now: Steve Downie

Steve Downie was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers 29th overall in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, as he was picked right after the Dallas Stars selected Matt Niskanen and four picks before they took James Neal. The feisty forward hasn’t exactly panned out in the NHL, but he has been serviceable for every team he has suited up for since joining the league. Downie made his debut for the Flyers’ organization by playing in a Philadelphia Phantoms’ game in 2006-2007 before he saw significant time with both the squads during the 2007-2008 campaign. The forward played …

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

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 …

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Then and Now: Sean O’Donnell

After he finished his second stint with the Los Angeles Kings in 2010, defenseman Sean O’Donnell joined the Philadelphia Flyers after two seasons with the Western Conference squad that introduced him to the NHL in 1994-1995. With a one-year deal that had a cap hit of $1.3 million, O’Donnell served as a third-pairing blue liner for the Orange and Black. After he totaled three goals in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 with the Kings, O’Donnell had one goal in a Philadelphia Flyers’ sweater. It came in the third period of Philly’s 7-5 loss to the Boston Bruins on January 13th, 2011. O’Donnell …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Bryzgalov to train in Sweden, Foster leaves for KHL, O’Donnell joins Kings’ management

As usual, several former members of the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization and draft picks moved this week, as four of the players suited up for the Orange and Black in recent seasons. The group of Ilya Bryzgalov, Kurtis Foster, Sean O’Donnell, and Nikolay Zherdev earned new titles within the last seven days. The most intriguing news since last Wednesday may be Bryzgalov’s move, as he will train with Erik Granqvist, who is a coach for Farjestad in the SHL. The move is said to be for training, despite the fact many think Brzygalov will eventually find a spot on Farjestad’s roster …

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Then and Now: Arron Asham

Arron Asham has played for six NHL teams over his career and he may be with a seventh when the start of the 2013-2014 season starts. After being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1996 and playing for the squad until 2002, Asham joined the New York Islanders for four seasons. The enforcer then endured a season with the New Jersey Devils before he became a member of the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2008. Asham had a 10-point campaign with the Devils in 2007-2008 and posted 84 PIMs before he had 20 points and 155 PIMs in 78 …