By Sarah Baicker
By Sarah Baicker
When Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren opted to place Andreas Nodl on waivers yesterday, he said the move came to test the waters – to see what kind of interest the rest of the league might have in the 24-year-old right wing.
Turns out, there was interest. The Carolina Hurricanes claimed him off waivers today.
"That’s the risk you take," Holmgren said. "He has another opportunity to work his way into the lineup there. He was having a tough time here, for whatever reason. He was good for us for a couple years, we wish him well."
With Nodl gone, the Flyers clear an additional $845,000 in cap space. It’ll definitely come in handy going forward – the Flyers have been thwarted by injuries lately. Chris Pronger, James van Riemsdyk, Andreas Lilja and Jaromir Jagr are all currently sidelined. Pronger and Lilja will likely be placed on long-term injured reserve today.
Nodl played in just 12 games for the Flyers this season, registering only one assist. With the Hurricanes, he'll likely be given more of a chance to play.
“Change is difficult," coach Peter Laviolette said. "I spoke to Andreas and it’s going to be a new start for him, a different opportunity that maybe is a positive thing for him. Sometimes when things happen they don’t seem positive, but he’s been a good hockey player for us here and he’s a good kid. There’s been a lot of youth added to this organization coming up from underneath and it’s tough for roster spots, but I thank him for everything. He’s a good kid."
In 127 career games with the Flyers over parts of four seasons, Nodl has 12 goals and 17 assists.