Flyers officially ink Tollefsen to one-year deal

After putting on the stall tactics for a day, the Flyers have officially inked 25-year old defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen to a one-year deal. Terms were not immediately disclosed.

“I feel great. I am really excited to be coming to Philadelphia,” OKT said. “I have always been a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers and what they are all about.”

Tollefsen, a fan favorite in Columbus, is known for his big style of play.  He hits, he fights and he is as tough as they come.  The Oslo, Norway native played just 19 games last season with the Blue Jackets, due to a knee injury.

“(The Flyers) play a gritty style of hockey and that is typical of me,” Tollefsen said. “I’m an energy guy. I bring a lot of energy every night, and I am very dependable in my own zone, making the simple plays and sticking up for my teammates.”

GM Paul Holmgren stated yesterday that Tollefsen would fit in as a sixth or seventh defender, leading many to believe there was a trade in the works for Matt Carle or Randy Jones.  However, if a trade isn’t made by the start of the season, look for Tollefsen to remain with the team as an insurance policy on the scratched list.

“We are very pleased to add Ole to our team,” said Holmgren. “Ole is a defenseman with size and defends very well. At 25 years old he is an ideal fit to the core of our team.”

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