After a nice vacation in sunny Anaheim, former Flyer Danny Syvret is back on the east coast and in the organization that he spent the past two seasons with.
The Flyers announced today that 5’11”, 203 lb defenseman Danny Syvret has been reacquired in a four man trade that sent Patrick Maroon and David Laliberte to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Syvret and 6’2”, 190 lb forward Ryan Bordson.
Syvret finds himself back in Philadelphia after having been signed as a free agent by Anaheim during the past offseason. For those fans whose memories are shorter than others, you may remember Danny as the lone Philadelphia goal scorer in last year’s Winter Classic between the Flyers and Bruins. He played more than 20 games for the Flyers last year after a phenomenal 2008-2009 campaign with the then-Philadelphia-based Phantoms.
Bordson made his first professional hockey appearance this year at age 22, playing 15 games for Anaheim’s AHL affiliate – the Syracuse Crunch.
The two departing players, Laliberte and Maroon, didn’t play enough of a role in this organization for GM Paul Holmgren to feel they were worth keeping them around for. Maroon was recently released by the strugglign Adirondack Phantoms in a surprising move. Their top scorer, Maroon had been involved in some undisclosed locker room controversy, and on October 30th it was announced that he wouldn’t be allowed to continue playing for the club.
David Laliberte, on the other hand, was simply a victim of the Flyers’ depth and rising prospects. Laliberte has put up respectable points at the AHL level, and spent some time with the Flyers last season during a rash of injuries, proving to be a useful piece. But this year, with the emergence of Andreal Nodl as a regular part of the lineup and the appearance of Eric Wellwood as the Flyers’ next-in-line to take a spot on the NHL roster.
Aside from looking at these new additions as potential NHL players, Holmgren may just be trying to shake things up and try something new to set the ship straight in Adirondack, with the team in complete disarray after starting with a 3-13-1 record and changing the coach following a nine game losing streak.