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Flyers add O'Donnell, Shelley - 07-01-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Leave it to the Flyers to add old, slow defensemen and untalented goons.

The Flyers remain active on the first day of free agency.

First, they signed former Kings defenseman Sean O'Donnell (right) to a one-year deal worth a base of $1 million. In 78 games with the Kings last season, O'Donnell, a defensive, stay-at-home type, had 15 points (three goals, 12 assists).

Additionally, the Flyers stayed true to their roots and signed former Rangers goon Jody Shelley to a three-year deal with an annual salary cap hit of $1.1 million.

In 57 games games split between the Sharks and Rangers last season, Shelley recorded nine points (two goals, three assists) and 115 points.

EN Says: We understand the O'Donnell signing. He's a solid bottom-three defenseman and getting him for a base of $1 million is more than affordable.

The Shelley move doesn't make sense whatsoever. Shelley is very good at what he does but why would the Flyers spend that much money on a goon? (Aside from being the Flyers of course).

Philadelphia still needs to upgrade its goaltending position and wasting significant money on a goon is just foolish. Eric Godard fills the same exact role for the Penguins at $775,000.

(Photos: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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