Friday, July 04, 2014

North Dakota's VandeVelde re-signed

The Flyers made a quiet move on this July 4th that's turbulent weather-wise, bringing back forward Chris VandeVelde for depth in the Lehigh Valley on a one-year, two-way contract.

A native of northern Minnesota, VandeVelde spent most of last season with the Adirondack Phantoms, totaling 24 points (10G, 14A) in 41 games. He added 18 NHL games but registered only one assist, then didn't see any playoff action despite being one of the club's Black Aces.

A four-year player with North Dakota, VandeVelde racked up 52 goals and 65 assists in 166 appearances for the Fighting Sioux from 2006-10. He was picked up by the organization on an AHL deal last offseason after being discarded by the Oilers, then signed to a one-year NHL deal in mid-December.

On Wednesday night, the Flyers signed defenseman Zack Stortini to a one-year, two-way deal. The 28-year-old Stortini posted nine points (4G-5A) to go along with a league-leading 299 penalty minutes for Norfolk of the American Hockey League last season.

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