The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 6'0", 185-pound right wing Brad Tapper to a one-year contract, according to club General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
"Brad is a player who had some success in Atlanta because he has great speed and skill," said Clarke in making the announcement. "He had 10 goals in 35 games with the type of defense that was allowed two or three years ago, but we feel now with his skill and speed that he can be a real asset to us because of the ice opening up. Now, you can't hold the smaller players back, and although he is not small, he is not heavy."
"I'm very excited to be a part of the organization," said Tapper. "It's a great feeling, and I can't wait to hopefully get back into the NHL. I'm going to work hard and come into camp in great shape and I can't wait to be a part of this great organization. I'm looking forward to having a great season.
"I think I bring a lot of speed, and I hope I can fit in with the speed in the new game. I've played two years in Germany, and the ice is huge over there. I can't wait to adapt to the new NHL and I've only heard great things. I've been watching it overseas and I can't wait to be a part of it."
Tapper, 28, had nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points and 165 penalty minutes in 46 games for the Hannover Scorpions (Germany) this past season.
A native of Scarborough, Ontario, Tapper has registered 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points and 72 penalty minutes in 71 career NHL games over parts of three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers (2000-01 through 2002-03). He was signed as a free agent by Atlanta from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference) on April 11, 2000 and traded to Ottawa on January 6, 2004. He was signed as a free agent by Nurnberg (Germany) on July 22, 2004.
In three seasons with RPI (1997-98 through 1999-2000), Tapper registered 65 goals and 51 assists for 116 points and 203 penalty minutes. He was named to the ECAC First All-Star Team and NCAA East Second All-American Team following the 1999-2000 season.