Jody Shelley: Philadelphia Flyers’ Fans Searching for Positives in the Signing

August 29th, 2010 by Charlie O'Connor Leave a reply »
Jody Shelley officially became a Philadelphia Flyer on July 1, 2010, on the very first day of free agency.

The signing was met with universal confusion and scorn.

For a team already up against the limit of the salary cap, the Shelley signing seemed worse than pointless. Not only would Shelley be signed merely as an enforcer, he would be using $1.1 million of the Flyers' cap for the next three seasons.

Obviously, Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren saw something in the 34-year old enforcer that made him believe that Shelley warranted a three-year commitment.

So what was it? What positive elements does Jody Shelley bring to this team?

Let's see what we can find. 

Basic Statistics

The counting statistics do not paint a pretty picture of Shelley's contributions.

In 538 games as an NHL player, Shelley has scored 16 goals. His career high in a season is three, and he reached double-digit point totals only once, in 2005-06, when he scored 10 points.

He averaged 7:06 minutes of play in 2009-10. In his career he has never averaged over eight minutes of time on ice per ga ...

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