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Flyers call-up VandeVelde to play against Devils

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 5:41 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Flyers call-up VandeVelde to play against Devils

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled forward Chris VandeVelde from Adirondack of the American Hockey League, and he'll play Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.

VandeVelde will replace Zac Rinaldo on the fourth line, where he'll play left wing alongside center Michael Raffl and right wing Adam Hall. He is also likely to see time on the penalty kill. The Flyers announced Rinaldo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

In 17 NHL games this season, VandeVelde has one assist, a minus-3 rating and eight shots on goal. In 39 AHL games, he has nine goals and 14 assists.

"He's a versatile guy, [can play] center or wing," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "Big body. He skates well. I think that he can do a number of different things, kill penalties. If his game is on and he's competing hard he's a pretty good player."

VandeVelde said he got the news of his call-up as he was getting dressed for Adirondack's practice.

After starting the season in the AHL, VandeVelde was with the Flyers from Dec. 11 to Jan. 29, playing 17 of 23 games. He said that having that experience will make his return to the NHL a bit easier.

"Definitely makes the transition a little easier, especially since I've already been up here, with the guys and everyone," VandeVelde said. "Just know what to expect, the level and all that. I'll be ready to go."

Rinaldo has two points and a team-high 117 penalty minutes in 54 games. He missed 10 games in January with a sprained ankle.

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