Anthony SanFilippo of the Delco Times is reporting that former Columbus defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen will be in town by the end of the weekend for a physical. And if the 6’2, 211 lbs. blue liner passes all that’s thrown at him, he will become the newest Flyer.
The rough and tough Norwegian was drafted 65th overall in 2002 by the Jacket’s and had become a player and fan favorite for his character on and off the ice.
OKT was hampered by knee injuries in the past year that allowed him to play just 19 games. He has undergone multiple knee surgeries, one in December and one in April. But according to the report, doctors have cleared him to play.
Tollefsen is a heart-and-soul type of defensive-defenseman. He fights when he has to and hits when he can. In 2007-08, OKT had 91 hits in just 51 games. In the same time span, he tallied 111 penalty minutes, including seven majors for fighting and three misconducts.
If signed, the 25-year old gives the Flyers even more toughness and grit, helping to replace the physical void left by the departing Andrew Alberts. Tollefsen would almost definitely be a third-pairing guy, which begs the question: Who goes?
Matt Carle and Randy Jones are the two weakest links.