The Philadelphia Flyers have reached an affiliation agreement with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL for the 2013-14 season, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced Thursday.
Under the agreement, the Flyers will be able to assign players to Greenville who are under contract either to the Flyers or to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. Players under ECHL contracts with Greenville can be called up to Adirondack as opportunities present themselves.
The Flyers were affiliated with Greenville during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Current members of the Flyers organization who have spent time with the Road Warriors include defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon (2010-11), Cullen Eddy (2010-2012) and Steven Delisle (2012-13).
You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.
— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense