Powe traded; Nodl, Sestito re-signed
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Powe traded; Nodl, Sestito re-signed
The Flyers announced they have extended qualifying offers to Jonathon Kalinski, Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek.
Simmonds was acquired last week from Los Angeles in the Mike Richards trade and Voracek was acquired on the same day from Columbus in the Jeff Carter deal.
Kalinski spent the season in Adirondack after appearing in 10 games for the Flyers in 2009-10. He had six goals and 17 assists in 73 games and was a minus-16.
In a surprising move, the Flyers have dealt the rights to center Darroll Powe to Minnesota in exchange for Minnesota’s third round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the team announced Monday afternoon.
Powe, 26, is a restricted free agent.
It likely became clear on Monday that the two sides weren’t going to work out a deal.
Paul Holmgren called Powe “one of the most underrated players in the league” at the team’s end of season news conference. The undrafted Princeton University graduate played three full seasons with the Flyers and one full season with the Phantoms in Philadelphia.
He was made into an NHL player by former head coach John Stevens. Under Peter Laviolette, Powe notched 7 goals and 10 assists last season while playing the second-most penalty killing minutes behind Blair Betts.
Powe earned $725,000 in a one-year deal last season, a sizeable from the $520,000 he was making in 2009-10.
The Flyers would have needed to make a qualifying offer to Powe before Monday’s 5 o’clock deadline.
More than a month into the summer without a new contract, Andreas Nodl admitted he was a little nervous but remained confident.
“I didn’t want to play for another team,” Nodl said. “I was a little nervous, just because the Flyers are capable of making a lot of moves. I could see that the salary cap was getting a little tight.”
Despite watching teammates Jeff Carter and Mike Richards get traded away last week, Nodl probably breathed a little sigh of relief that the moves had opened up plenty of room for him to be re-signed.
“One of my buddies called me right away when they were traded,” Nodl said. “I didn’t believe him, I had to go home and check it out on the internet myself. It’s all pretty crazy.”
The Flyers didn’t waste much time contacting Nodl and his agent.
The team announced early on Monday that they had come to terms officially with Nodl, originally set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, on a new two-year deal.
According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Nodl signed a two-year deal worth $845,000 per year. He earned $850,000 last season in the final year of his entry level deal.
Nodl, 24, posted 11 goals and 11 assists in 67 games under Peter Laviolette in his first full NHL season. He also had a plus-14 rating, the 52nd best plus/minus ratio of 891 skaters.
“I’m really excited,” Nodl said on a phone call from Minnesota, where the former St. Cloud State player spends his offseason training. “It will be nice now to not worry about it, work hard training and enjoy my summer.”
The Flyers also announced a new contract for fellow restricted free agent Tom Sestito, who was acquired from Columbus at the trade deadline last season in exchange for Michael Chaput and Greg Moore, though Sestito broke the news of his own deal on Twitter weeks ago.
Sestito, 23, played 9 games for Columbus last season, collecting 2 goals and 2 assists in an enforcer-type role with the Blue Jackets. Last season alone, Sestito – a Rome, N.Y. native – had 4 fights in 9 NHL games and 18 more in 57 AHL games.
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