It slipped under the radar for most, but the Flyers have signed 6’6, 220 lbs., AHL defenseman Joey Mormina. Mormina was originally drafted out of Colgate University by the Flyers in the sixth round of the 2002 NHL entry draft. His rights were not retained at the time and he hopped around the AHL, going from the Manchester Monarchs to the Albany River Rats and eventually the WBS Penguins. Mormina played one game in the NHL for the Carolina Hurricanes.
27-year old Mormina is a shut-down defender with a mean streak and physical presence. He registered over 200 penalty minutes from 2006-07 to 2007-08. When he was signed by Pittsburgh last season, he was touted as a poor-man’s Hal Gill. He scored 48 points in his four season in the minors.
This move is simply depth for the Flyers, who still have Danny Syvret, Michael Ratchuk and Kevin Marshall still high on the defensive depth chart.