Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Vandermeer shipped to Calgary

by Bob Herpen
The Phanatic Magazine

The Philadelphia Flyers sent defenseman Jim Vandermeer to the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in 2009, the club announced on Wednesday.

With Tuesday's acquisition of Jaroslav Modry from Los Angeles, Vandermeer was the odd man out on the Flyers' defensive corps. The 27-year-old picked up three goals and 12 points in 54 games split between Chicago and Philadelphia this season.

After coming over from the Blackhawks on December 18 for forward Ben Eager, Vandermeer had a goal and five assists with 27 penalty minutes in 28 games.

Vandermeer heads to his third team in his five-year NHL career. Signed as a free agent by the Flyers in December, 2000, the Alberta native played in Philly from 2002 to February, 2004, when he was sent to Chicago in a deal which netted veteran center Alex Zhamnov.

The gritty backliner has posted 17 goals and 66 points in 246 career games.

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