The Philadelphia Flyers
Thursday signed center Blair Betts
to a one-year contract. In addition, the Flyers promoted goalie Michael Teslak
and defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon
from the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms.
"Blair came to our camp on a try-out and has earned this opportunity," Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren
said. "We are happy to have him on our team. He will bring experience and depth to our roster."
"I'm relieved," Betts said. "Throughout training camp I was pretty confident that something was going to happen. I would have rather it happened sooner than later, but nonetheless I think we made the right decision to come here."
Betts, 29, was invited to Flyers training camp on a pro tryout after scoring 6 goals and 4 assists and 16 penalty minutes in 81 games with the New York Rangers
in 2008-09. Betts spent a total of four seasons with the Rangers, scoring 25 goals and 15 assists in 304 regular-season games. Over parts of seven seasons with the Calgary Flames
(2001-02 to 2003-04) and Rangers (2005-06 to 2008-09), Betts has 28 goals and 20 assists and is considered a standout defensive forward. Betts was originally drafted by Calgary in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1998 Entry Draft.
Bourdon, 20, had 2 assists in two preseason games with Adirondack after he was assigned to the Phantoms on Sept. 21. He signed an entry-level NHL contract on July 24, 2009 and was selected by the Flyers in the third round (67th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.
Teslak, 23, was assigned to the Phantoms on Sept. 21 and appeared in one preseason contest with Adirondack, stopping three of five shots through 30:04 of play in the Phantoms game vs. Albany on Sept. 26.