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Frequent Flyer Miles: Shelley retires and becomes announcer, Printz to Allsvenskan, Rowe hangs up skates

A small number of former Philadelphia Flyers, draft picks, and players who were once linked to the organization moved this week, as three former Flyers altered their careers and a former Trenton Titan retired. The biggest news of the week relating to former Flyers is the retirement of Jody Shelley. The enforcer announced his decision to walk away from his playing career early this week, as it was also announced that he would be a broadcast associate and “team ambassador” for the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to ESPN. Shelley will be an analyst for the Flyers’ new divisional opponent, as well as an occasional TV commentator …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Boucher leaves for Switzerland, Carcillo to Los Angeles, Gawryletz joins Hungarian club

Another week in the offseason just means more former Philadelphia Flyers on the move, as 10 former players or draft picks changed franchises or leagues. The most notable former Flyer to switch clubs may have been the return of one of the Orange and Black’s most popular goaltenders returning to the team’s front office, but I’ll digress. Along with Ron Hextall’s return to Philly, the biggest names to move were Brian Boucher, Daniel Carcillo, and Nikolay Zherdev. Boosh will join his second club that isn’t based in North America, and his first during a season that doesn’t involve an NHL …

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Then and Now: R.J. Umberger

R.J. Umberger may have been born in Pittsburgh, but some of his best memories so far in the NHL have come with the franchise located on the other side of the state. Although his first NHL game came with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2005-06 season, Umberger was a member of two other NHL organizations before he made his way to Philly. The skater was picked 16th overall in the 2001 NHL Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, as he was the first American forward to be selected. Mike Komisarek was the first American picked by the Montreal Canadiens with the …

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Future Flyers Report: 12/24

Marcel Noebels was picked 118th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Draft and holds the distinction of being the only German forward Philly has ever drafted, as Dennis Seidenberg is the franchise’s only German blue liner ever selected when he went in the sixth round back in 2001. After he completed his second straight 50-point season in the Western Hockey League of Canadian juniors last year, Noebels joined the Trenton Titans at the start of this year and is currently one of the youngest players on the team. In his first season as a professional, Noebels is …

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Then and Now: Petr Nedved

Dennis Seidenberg has had a respectable career. He has represented his native Germany three times at the Olympics and won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011. In addition to that, Seidenberg helped the Carolina Hurricanes make a deep and unexpected run to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009. The blue liner was snagged by Philly in the 2001 draft and was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes during the first season back after the last lockout. In exchange for the 24-year-old defenseman the Flyers acquired a 34-year-old center in Petr Nedved. Philly completed the trade with Phoenix in …

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