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Then and Now: Martin Grenier

In the 1999 NHL Entry Draft there was a string of four straight defenseman taken in the second round with picks 42 to 45. Two of those turned into blue liners who have played at least 450 NHL games in Mike Commodore, who was taken 42nd overall by the New Jersey Devils, and Jordan Leopold, who was taken 44th overall by the Anaheim Ducks. The other two were Andrei Shefer, who was taken 43rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings and never took part in an NHL game, and Martin Grenier, who was taken 45th overall by the Colorado Avalanche …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Leighton to the KHL, Fritsch will play in Italy, Amorosa commits to Providence College

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 …

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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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Royal Joy and Pain: Learning the ropes in Double-A hockey

You wanna know the easiest way to piss off someone who’s trying to help you? Track them down at the end of a game in the bowels of the arena and complain about statistics. Bitch and moan about assists and plus-minus to the people who take time out from their weekday and weekend schedules, and for no money, are still responsible to an entire league for compiling in-game and post-game numbers. Ride a guy mercilessly, one who’s driving 110 miles round-trip because it’s the only foot in the door he has towards a career in sports media, who takes pride …

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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 …