Last Thursday, the Philadelphia Flyers signed left-winger Chris VandeVelde to a one-year contract. The deal is two-way, worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $80,000 at the AHL level.
VandeVelde stood out during Flyers training camp in September and ended up being one of the last players dismissed from camp. Although he ultimately did not make the team over the summer, he did end up getting an AHL deal with the Flyers’ affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. VandeVelde has seven goals and six assists in 23 games with the Phantoms this year, second on the team behind Jason Akeson.
The 26-year-old has played in 28 NHL games since originally being drafted by the Oilers in 2005. He is known for being tough on the third or fourth line but has only scored three points in the NHL so far. VandeVelde also seems to lack the defensive prowess the Flyers need right now.
Tye McGinn was sent back down to the Phantoms in conjunction with this deal. He was brought up early last week for two games when Lecavalier was placed on injured reserve, but did not get any playing time. VandeVelde is not really expected to get much play time either but with Lecavalier out, the Flyers are switching up lines to get a win. VandeVelde will most likely continue playing with Adam Hall and Zac Rinaldo on the fourth line.
Look to see if VandeVelde gets any more play time when the Flyers face off against the Capitals tomorrow afternoon in Washington. You can find Philadelphia Flyers tickets available for any game this season for a discount, so if you’re looking for a little road trip, now’s a great opportunity!
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