Flyers make minor trade

The Flyers prefaced Thursday night’s contest against Nashville with a minor league trade.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced that the team has dealt defenseman Kevin Marshall to Washington in exchange for winger Matthew Ford.

Ford, 27, has never played in an NHL game. The California native was drafted in the 8th round in 2004. Ford put up 10 goals and 18 assists in 39 games with Washington’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, this season. Ford collected 42 points last year in the AHL.

Ford is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Marshall, 22, skated in 10 games with the Flyers this season after making his NHL debut on Nov. 21. In 32 games with the Phantoms, Marshall collected 5 points.

It’s an interesting move for the Flyers, who traded a smooth-skating, potential 5th or 6th defenseman for the big club in exchange for a winger who has yet to really turn heads.

Holmgren was not available for comment on Thursday night.

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