Flyers sign Schultz, Gordon, trade McGinn to Sharks

Flyers sign Schultz, Gordon, trade McGinn to Sharks
July 2, 2014, 5:45 pm
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The Flyers signed free agents Nick Schultz (left) and Andrew Gordon (middle) and traded Tye McGinn (right) to the Sharks on Wednesday . (USA Today Images)

Updated: 9:05 p.m.

While the Claude Giroux arrest crisis in Ottawa may have consumed much of general manager Ron Hextall’s morning, his early evening was just as hectic.

In the span of an hour or so, the club signed veteran Nick Schultz, who turns 32 in August, to a one-year contract for $1.25 million as their seventh defenseman, traded winger Tye McGinn to San Jose for a third-round pick in 2015, and signed AHL right winger Andrew Gordon as depth call-up.

The Flyers also agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Zack Stortini late on Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Schultz will reprise the role of Hal Gill. He’s far more mobile than Gill, but his game has slipped from what it once was under Jacques Lemaire when he played in Minnesota.

He went from a No. 4 blueliner to a No. 6/7 in recent years.

Schultz is one of those guys who plays a very simple chip it in, chip it out game, and became an odd fit for the Wild back in 2010-11, when a new regime had converted the Wild to a puck possession team that emphasized skating.

He does provide what the Flyers need –- a veteran NHLer who can come out of the press box to fill in when needed.

During his time with the Wild, Schultz became their all-time leader in games played at 743. Most recently he was with Edmonton (2011-12 to 2014) before being sent to Columbus at this year’s trade deadline. He’s not a scorer or a hitter, just a guy who can play on the third pair when pressed into action.

He scored 26 goals with 102 assists for 128 points during 10 years in Minnesota while averaging 19:35 of ice time, which dropped by three minutes last year.

The 6-0, 199-pound Gordon has been mostly in the minors the last six years, most recently with St. John’s (Winnpeg Jets' farm team) in the AHL. During that span, he accrued 55 NHL games, split among Washington, Anaheim and Vancouver.

This past season, Gordon scored 23 goals with 34 assists for 57 points playing for the IceCaps and led them in the playoffs with eight goals and 19 points in 21 games. Again, he’s a depth forward who will be assigned to the Phantoms.

The 6-4, 232-pound Stortini spent the 2013-14 season in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals. He posted nine points and a league-leading 299 penalty minutes in 73 games.

Stortini, 28, has appeared in 257 NHL games between Edmonton and Nashville in his career, accumulating 14 goals, 27 assists and 725 penalty minutes. He's another depth signing who will head to the Phantoms with Gordon.

It was not surprising that the Flyers traded Tye McGinn, who turns 24 this month, after qualifying him. He had fallen out of favor with the coaching staff these past two seasons.

An eye injury a few years ago seemed to change the physical nature of his game. The Flyers viewed him as a power forward who provided an edge, but that injury took it away from him.

In 18 games this season, McGinn had four goals and five points, averaging 11:10 ice time. He didn’t dress for the Flyers' playoff series against the New York Rangers.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Flyers also re-signed forward Jason Akeson to a two-way contract (see story).

As of Wednesday night, the Flyers are more than $2.4 million over the NHL’s $69 million salary cap, according to CapGeek.com, and still have been unable to move Vinny Lecavalier.

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