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Shelley retires, one more ex-Flyer in Columbus

It seems everything about Jody Shelley has been done quietly ever since he arrived in Philadelphia thanks to a mystifying three-year, four-plus-million free-agent deal signed in July of 2010. On Friday, several outlets reported that the square-jawed Manitoba native has decided to call it a career. And in an ironic twist, he’ll become the latest ex-Philadelphia Flyer to wind up with the Columbus Blue Jackets. However, unlike Sergei Bobrovsky and Michael Leighton — the two Jacket goaltenders who will get a prime view of the action at ice level — the 37-year-old will join the Columbus broadcasting crew and call …

Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki announced his retirement from professional hockey today.  Photo courtesy of NHL.com

Former Flyers G Niittymaki calls it quits

After a National Hockey League career that included 234 games played, former Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki officially retired from the sport on Friday. Niittymaki played seven seasons in the NHL including his first five (2003-04; 2005-09) in  Philadelphia. He retired with a record of 95-86-31, five shutouts, a save percentage of .902 and a goals-against average of 2.95. The 32-year-old goalie was plucked in the 1998 draft by Philadelphia in the sixth round (168th overall). After leaving the Flyers, Niittymaki played in Tampa Bay and San Jose and after playing the 2011-12 season in the American Hockey League for Worcester …

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Laperriere retires, talks to local media

Ian Laperriere’s 17-year NHL career officially came to a close on Tuesday afternoon. The 38-year-old Montreal native did so in his last league stop of Philadelphia, where he spent one of the most eventful and emotional years of his days on ice. Over 1,083 games, the winger totaled 121 goals, 336 points and 1,956 penalty minutes for five clubs from 1993-2010. Those numbers are augmented by 13 points in 67 playoff appearances. A former seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 1992, Laperriere made his NHL debut with the Blues for one game at the end of the …

Blue Valentine: Forsberg retires again

The second NHL comeback of former superstar Peter Forsberg is over after just two games. Forsberg, the 37-year-old Swede who hooked on with the Avalanche last week, made it official on Monday afternoon. The time has finally come, I am retiring from the game of ice hockey,” said Forsberg.  “I’ve played hockey all my life but I’ve come to the decision that I’ve played my final game.  It is perfect for me to announce my retirement here in Denver, as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.” The news comes as a shock, with Colorado in the midst of a seven- …