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Then and Now: Kris Versteeg

In February of 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers added Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs, as they were looking for a piece to help them make a deep playoff run. In exchange for the forward, Philly dealt a first-round pick and a third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Toronto selected Stuart Percy with the first-round pick and Josh Leivo with the third-round pick. Versteeg’s first point as a Flyer came in Philly’s 4-2 decision over the Florida Panthers on February 16th, 2011, as the former Chicago Blackhawk set up Mike Richards’ for the opening goal of the contest. …

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Then and Now: Patrik Juhlin

The Philadelphia Flyers had 10 draft picks in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Of those 10 picks, only three players went on to play in the NHL. One of those picks was Greg Johnson, a center that took part in 785 NHL games, but none of them with the Flyers. Another was Reid Simpson, a left winger who played in one game for the Orange and Black. The third player was Patrik Juhlin, who competed in 56 games for Philadelphia. After playing in the SHL during the lockout in the 1994-1995 season, Juhlin participated in 42 games for the Flyers. …

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Then and Now: Randy Robitaille

After a 40-point campaign with the Minnesota Wild in 2005-2006, Randy Robitaille joined the Philadelphia Flyers’ organization in the summer of 2006. The now 37-year-old forward played all of 28 games with the Orange and Black before being dealt to a divisional rival. In his 28 games with Philly, Robitaille totaled five goals and 12 helpers. His first goal with the Flyers came against Johan Hedberg in a 3-2 shootout win over the Atlanta Thrashers on October 26th, 2006. His final goal in a Flyers’ sweater came on November 30th, as he beat Mike Dunham in a Philly 3-2 decision …

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Then and Now: Mark Cullen

Signed as an unrestricted free agent to a one-year deal, Mark Cullen joined the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2006 after a 29-game stint with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2005-2006 campaign. After being waived by the Flyers at the beginning of the 2006-2007 season, he played a total of three games for the Flyers and suited up for over 50 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms in his lone season with the Philly organization. Cullen took part in the Flyers’ 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on November 4th, 2006, the Flyers’ 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs …

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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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