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Flyers stay busy, sign journeyman Palushaj

Carolina Hurricanes  v Montreal Canadiens

Carolina Hurricanes v Montreal Canadiens

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One day after signing a veteran defenseman out of the KHL, Ron Hextall went and got himself a forward.

Aaron Palushaj, who split last year between Medveščak Zagreb and Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, has agreed to a contract with the Flyers, the club announced on Thursday. No details were announced.

Palushaj, 25, was the 44th overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, then spent two impressive seasons with the University of Michigan at the NCAA level -- the same level where Philly’s recently-hired head coach, Dave Hakstol, spent 15 years at the University of North Dakota.

Palushaj was drafted by the Blues but never played for the team, instead making his NHL debut with Montreal followed by stints in Colorado and Carolina. All told he’s played 68 games at the NHL level, scoring three goals and 14 points.

It’s fair to assume Palushaj was signed mostly for depth purposes at forward, and could spend some time with the AHL Phantoms next year.


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