Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sim returns to Phantoms on PTO

Glens Falls, NY -- A key component to the Phantoms’ last Calder Cup triumph returned to the organization on Thursday.
Jon Sim, a journeyman player who has skated at multiple levels both in and out of North America, was signed to a professional tryout contract (PTO) by the Adirondack Phantoms.

Sim was released from a similar deal with the San Antonio Rampage last week.

The 35-year-old native of Nova Scotia posted six goals and 13 points in 22 games for the Rampage this season.

Originally drafted by the Dallas Stars in 1996, Sim arrived in the Flyers organization early in the 2004-05 season, in a swap with the Utah Grizzlies for Peter White.

His addition helped galvanize a team-record 17-game win streak, and Sim ended up recording 35 goals and 61 points in 62 regular-season appearances — adding 10 scores and 17 points over 21 postseason contests which ended in a four-game sweep of the Chicago Wolves for the second AHL title in eight seasons for the Phantoms.

The next season, Sim got his shot with the Flyers, signing a free agent deal and netting seven goals and 14 points in 39 games before being dealt to the Florida Panthers in late January of 2006.

Sim had been playing in the Czech Extraliga after a failed stint with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the end of the 2010-11 campaign, before returning stateside this year.

Over 469 NHL starts for the Stars, Predators, Kings, Penguins, Flyers, Panthers, Thrashers and Islanders, Sim has totaled 75 goals and 139 points while collecting 314 penalty minutes and a minus-43 rating.

The Phantoms, currently in last place in the Northeast Division, hope that Sim’s experience will be a stabilizing factor in a locker room shaken up by injuries and the end of the lockout. He’ll also be counted upon to provide offensive spark.

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