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Flyers Sign Five

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

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.

Kolanos, 27, posted six points (3G,3A) in 21 games with the Minnesota Wild in 2008-09, while also spending parts of the season with their AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, recording 31 goals and 20 assists for 51 points in 45 regular season games. He added 14 points (6G,8A) in 18 Calder Cup Playoff games to help lead Houston to the Western Conference Finals.

Over parts of five NHL seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes (2001-02 to 2005-06), Edmonton Oilers (2005-06) and Minnesota Wild (2008-09), Kolanos has compiled 41 points (20G,21A) in 136 career games. He was originally selected by the Coyotes in the first round (19th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Ward, 30, appeared in 21 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, where he recorded nine points (2G,7A). He went scoreless in one contest with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008-09 and spent the entire 2007-08 season with the Lightning where he recorded 14 points (8G,6A) in 79 games.

Over parts of eight NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens (1999-2001 and 2002-04), New York Rangers (2005-06 to 2006-07), Los Angeles Kings (2006-07) and Tampa Bay (2007-08 to 2008-09), Ward has recorded 81 points (36G,45A) in 336 regular season games and three assists in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

A native of Chapleau, Ontario, Ward was originally selected by Montreal in the first round (11th overall) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Pyorala, 28, spent the 2008-09 season with Timra of the Swedish Elite League (SEL) where he posted 43 points (21G,22A) in 55 regular season games and added three points (2G,1A) in seven postseason games. A native of Oulu, Finland, Pyorala led his team in points (43) and goals (21), and ranked second in assists (22).

Mormina, 27, spent the 2008-09 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL, where he recorded 11 points (2G,9A) in 70 regular season games and finished the season with a plus/minus rating of +37 (2nd in AHL). He also appeared in 12 Calder Cup Playoff games for the Penguins.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Mormina was originally selected by the Flyers in the sixth round (192nd overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut, appearing in one game with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2007-08. Following a four-year career at Colgate University, Mormina has recorded 48 points (8G,40A) in 240 career AHL games.
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