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Flyers sign five players

Thursday, 07.23.2009 / 5:48 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed forwards Lukas Kaspar, Krys Kolanos, Mika Pyorala and Jason Ward and defenseman Joey Mormina to one-year contracts, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

"Lukas, Krys and Jason are experienced skilled players who have each had a share of NHL time during their careers,” said Holmgren. “We feel each player solidifies our organizational depth at the forward position. Mika is a 28-year-old player with a wealth of experience in the European Elite Leagues and is capable of playing all forward positions. Joey is a player we are familiar with and drafted back in 2002. He has AHL experience and we feel he will be a positive influence on our young defensemen in Glens Falls, as well as providing depth to the organization.”

Kaspar, 23, recorded four points (2G,2A) in 13 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09. He also split time this past season with San Jose’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, where he posted 44 points (17G,27A) in 65 regular season games and added four points (2G,2A) in 12 Calder Cup Playoff games.

A native of Most, Czech Republic, Kaspar has four points (2G,2A) in 16 games over parts of two NHL seasons with San Jose. He was originally selected by the Sharks in the first round (22nd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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