NHL News: Carolina Hurricanes Claim Andreas Nodl from Philadelphia Flyers
Andreas Nodl was last seen on the ice during the Flyers/Rangers game on Saturday, when he left with what was called an upper-body injury. Subsequently, that is the last time Flyers fans will ever see him in a Flyers uniform.
Nodl has only played 12 games this year and only collected one assist in the process. It's not all Nodl's fault, though. He's been battling injuries all year long, and has been a healthy scratch on most occasions.
Andreas simply became expendable with young players like Matt Read, Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn now in the fold. Since the Flyers haven't played him much, it makes sense that they would either waive him or demote him to clear cap space.
Some Flyers fans will miss Nodl; after all, he was a bit of a surprise. His numbers weren't outstanding, posting 22 points in 67 games last year, but he always played with heart and gave it his all every shift.
The Carolina Hurricanes have landed a decent forward who can easily spark some offense for the struggling 'Canes, and not only that, but they get him at half price. Carolina will only pay him roughly $422,500, while the Philadelphia Flyers will eat the other half.
"This is a young player that skates really well," said Jim Rutherford, general manager of Carolina. "He has a skill level that gives us a little more depth among our top 12 forwards."
For Philadelphia, it clears up some much needed cap space and could potentially be a precursor to an even bigger move. After all, the Flyers have been linked to some rumors surrounding Bobby Ryan.
Andreas Nodl should be available to the Carolina Hurricanes tonight as they square off against the red-hot Florida Panthers.
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