Former Flyer Darroll Powe signs with Phantoms

Former Flyer Darroll Powe signs with Phantoms
August 13, 2014, 10:30 pm

Darroll Powe played 204 regular-season games for the Flyers from 2008-2011, tallying 22 goals and 21 assists. (AP)

Another former Flyer has returned to the organization.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Flyers, signed Darroll Powe to an AHL contract for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday evening.

After four years at Princeton University, Powe (5-11, 212) began his professional career with the Phantoms in 2006. During his time with the Phantoms (2006-09), Powe registered 15 goals, 19 assists and 173 penalty minutes in 95 games played.

The Flyers signed Powe as a free agent on April 17, 2008, and he made his NHL debut on Oct. 24, 2008, against the New Jersey Devils.

In all, Powe played 204 regular-season games for the Flyers from 2008-2011, tallying 22 goals and 21 assists with 130 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 40 playoff tilts with the orange and black, collecting a goal and four assists.

The Flyers traded Powe to the Minnesota Wild on June 27, 2011, for a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft. (That pick was later sent to the Dallas Stars as part of the Nicklas Grossmann trade.) About a week after the deal, Powe signed a three-year contract with the Wild worth $3.2 million.

Powe spent parts of two seasons with Minnesota before being dealt to the New York Rangers during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign.

The 29-year-old spent last season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the AHL affiliate of the Rangers. He tallied 13 goals and 24 points with 106 penalty minutes over 72 games with Hartford. He also appeared in one game for the Rangers.

During the course of his career, Powe has been praised for his tenacious forechecking prowess and the aggressiveness he brings to each and every game. He's also capable of killing penalties and can play both center and wing.

But Powe is regarded as a role player. He won't provide a ton of offense and consistency has been an issue for him over the past few seasons. What Powe will provide is plenty of energy and a hard-nosed style of hockey. He's also a veteran who can serve as a mentor to the younger players in the Flyers' system.

The beginning of the 2014-15 season will mark Powe's first games as a Phantom in nearly six years. He last suited up for the team on Nov. 29, 2008.

The Phantoms' regular season home opener is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17 at the new PPL Center in downtown Allentown.

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