The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have traded 6’1”, 210-pound defenseman Jim Vandermeer to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a third round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“Yesterday’s acquisition of Jaroslav Modry increased the depth of our defense, giving us eight healthy defensemen,” said Holmgren. “Trading Jim allowed us to make this number more manageable and to pick up a draft pick in 2009.”
Vandermeer, 27, recorded three goals and 12 assists for 15 points and 71 penalty minutes in 54 games this season. He had posted six points (1G,5A) and 27 penalty minutes in 28 games for the Flyers this season after being reacquired by the team from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Ben Eager on December 18, 2007. He registered two goals and seven assists for nine points and 44 penalty minutes in 26 games for the Blackhawks.
In 246 career NHL games over the last five seasons with the Flyers and the Blackhawks (2002-03 to 2007-08), Vandermeer has registered 17 goals and 49 assists for 66 points and 350 penalty minutes. He played parts of three seasons with the Flyers (2002-03, 2003-04 and 2007-08), posting 14 points (6G,8A) and 79 penalty minutes in 75 games. He was traded by the Flyers, along with the rights to Colin Fraser and Los Angeles’ second round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, to Chicago in exchange for Alex Zhamnov and Washington’s fourth round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft on February 19, 2004. He was originally signed by the Flyers as a free agent on December 21, 2000.