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The Vancouver Canucks fell one win short of taking home the Stanley Cup in the 2010-2011 season. After winning the first two games against Boston, the Canucks went on to lose four of the next five allowing the Bruins to win their first Stanley Cup since 1972. Their lone win in the final five meetings came in Game 5, as Maxim Lapierre scored the only goal early in the third period to hand Vancouver a 1-0 victory. Lapierre was taken in the second round during the 2003 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, a pick the Habs received from the Flyers in exchange for Eric Chouinard.
Spending most of his career in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), Chouinard has taken part in nearly 100 NHL games spanning over four different seasons. Playing in 90 NHL regular-season games, and no playoff games, Chouinard participated in 46 games with the Flyers, barely scoring 10 points overall.
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After being traded to Philadelphia in late January of 2003, Chouinard played in 28 games while scoring four goals and registering four assists. This would be Chouinard's highest totals in games, PIM, goals, assists, and points for any of the seasons in which he played for the Flyers. His production somehow earned him a two-year contract with the Orange and Black.
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Despite signing a multi-year pact, Chouinard saw just 18 more games in the Philadelphia organization before being shipped elsewhere. Scoring three goals in 17 games with the Flyers and going pointless in a game with the Phantoms, Chouinard was traded to the Minnesota Wild in the middle of December for a fifth round pick in the 2004 NHL Draft. With said pick, the Flyers picked Chriz Zarb, a defenseman who has only played four games in the AHL and just finished a PIM-filled season with the Dundee Stars of the ELITE Ice Hockey League (EIHL).
Playing in 31 games over the remaining portion of the 2003-2004 season, Chouinard had three goals and four assists as the Wild missed the playoffs and finished 10th in the Western Conference.
As the NHL went through a lockout, Chouinard joined EC Red Bull Salzburg of the Erste Bank Hockey League in Austria. In his 16 games there, Chouinard was teammates with former New Jersey Devil Jay Pandolfo and current New York Islander Marty Reasoner. He'd score five goals and have five assists in his brief break from the NHL. With those 10 points, Chouinard matched his previous season's point total despite playing in 33 fewer games.
Returning to North America for the 2005-2006 NHL season, Chouinard returned to Philly, but he didn't stay in Pennsylvania for long. After netting seven goals and seven assists in 24 games with the Phantoms and going pointless in one game with the Flyers, Chouinard was traded by Philadelphia for a second time in his career. This time, he was sent to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Kiel McLeod. Playing in four different leagues over the past four seasons, McLeod has never sniffed NHL action.
Chouinard never played for the Coyotes as he was sent down to their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, shortly after the trade. He'd have eight goals and 12 assists in 47 games with the Rampage before leaving the AHL and NHL for good at season's end.
To open the 2006-2007 season, Chouinard tried out for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Russian Super League, which is now the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). After being cut by the team, Chouinard moved on to play a handful of games for HC Sierre in Switzerland's National League B (NLB). His four games with the team was the shortest tenure he'd have with any team since turning pro. Chouinard had three goals and three assists in those games before leaving for the DEL.
The Straubing Tigers were Chouinard's sixth different team within this two-year span, but it was here where he'd finally stay for a couple seasons. Joining the Tigers in late November of 2006, Chouinard ended up playing 27 games for the club over the remainder of the season scoring six goals and posting 17 assists.
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The following season Chouinard returned to the Tigers and displayed his best statistical season as a professional to date. Playing in 55 games, Chouinard had 30 goals, 52 points, and 58 PIM, all of which were pro career highs. He'd also have 22 assists, one shy of tying his pro career high he recorded with the Quebec Citadelles back in 2001-2002. Chouinard's play during the 2007-2008 season earned him a spot at the DEL All-Star Game.
Taking part in a third season with the Tigers, Chouinard saw a drop in games played, goals, assists, points, and PIM. Playing in 14 less games than the prior season, Chouinard had 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points. He'd also have 12 PIM, a drop-off of 46 from 2007-2008. This season was Chouinard's final season with Straubing ending his longest tenure to date with any professional team as he played in 123 games over a three year span.
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For the past two seasons Chouinard has been a member of the Nuremburg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. In his first season with the club, Chouinard just missed the 30-point mark as he had 15 goals and 14 assists while playing in 45 games. This season also marked the first time Chouinard would take part in any league's playoffs since he played for the Flyers. He made his presence felt in the postseason as he had two goals and two assists in five games.
This past season, Chouinard played in seven more games for the Ice Tigers during the regular season while improving his numbers as well. He'd set a professional career high with 25 assists while also scoring 24 goals for 49 points. Chouinard also set his pro career high in plus/minus with +17. Taking part in his second straight postseason, Chouinard had an assist in two games for the club.
Chouinard will return to Nuremburg for the 2011-2012 season.
After years of bouncing around in the NHL and AHL, it looks as though Chouinard has found consistency in Germany's premier hockey league. Posting three 30-point seasons over the last four years and appearing in an All-Star Game, Chouinard is making a name for himself in Europe. At just 31 years of age, Chouinard still has the chance to become captain of the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers and lead them to the DEL Championship.
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Jim Vandermeer has played in 457 NHL games over his 10-year professional career. Of those 457, just 83 had been with the Philadelphia Flyers. Becoming a professional with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2001, Vandermeer joined the Flyers' roster a year later playing in several games for both clubs over the next two seasons. Since his playing days with Philly back in the 2003-2004 season, Vandermeer has played on several teams including a brief return to the Flyers. Let's take a look at Vandermeer's brief but well-traveled career.
In February of 2004, Vandermeer's first stint with the Flyers ended as he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks with Colin Fraser and a 2nd-round pick in the 2004 draft for Alexei Zhamnov and a 4th-round pick in the same draft. Zhamnov helped the Flyers reach the Eastern Conference Finals as he scored four goals and had 10 assists in the 18-game span. The trade was definitely beneficial for the moment and not so much for the future considering Vandermeer, Fraser, and Bryan Bickell (2nd round pick) are all still in the league while Zhamnov left Philly after 2004 and R.J. Anderson (4th round pick) has never seen the NHL.
Finishing out the '03-'04 season with the Blackhawks, Vandermeer displayed more offense than expected out of the physical defenseman. In 23 games, Vandermeer had two goals and 10 assists for 12 points, four of which came during a four-game point-streak in March.
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Staying within the Chicago organization during the lockout, Vandermeer played 52 games for the Norfolk Admirals, Chicago's AHL affiliate. Skating with Matt Ellison and Michael Leighton, Vandermeer actually posted fewer points during the 2004-2005 than he did in the previous campaign despite playing in three more games and playing against AHL-talent all season long. With three goals and 10 assists, Vandermeer's point total dropped six points from the prior season.
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The following season would be the first in which he spent the entire season in the NHL. In 76 games with the 'Hawks, Vandermeer tallied six goals and 18 assists. His best game came in November against the Blues where he scored two goals, including the game-winner (assisted by none other than Matthew Barnaby and Jim Dowd), and was the First Star selection. This season also saw Vandermeer's only suspension in the NHL as he sat out two games for a dangerous high-sticking penalty on Vancouver's Daniel Sedin.
Re-signed by the Blackhawks on August 1st to a one-year deal, Vandermeer experienced another full season with Chicago. Unfortunately, he'd only play in 46 games as he sat out 33 games due to breaking his right ankle. In those 46 games, Vandermeer had a goal and six assists. Three of Vandermeer's seven points that year came against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Even with the injury, the 'Hawks liked what they saw in Vandermeer and re-signed him yet again in the 2007 offseason. However, as opposed to the previous two seasons, Vandermeer didn't see his season come to a close in the Windy City. After posting two goals and seven assists in 26 games for the Blackhawks, Vandermeer was shipped back to Philly in exchange for Ben Eager.
In his final 28 games with the Flyers, Vandermeer had five assists and registered just one goal -- which helped the Flyers beat the Penguins in late January as well as causing Ty Conklin to lose it (go to 3:15).
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Just two months after returning to the Orange and Black, Vandermeer was traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 2009 draft, with which the Flyers picked Simon Bertilsson. After 21 regular season games with the Flames, Vandermeer experienced the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2002-2003 with the Flyers. He'd go pointless as the Flames lost in seven games to the higher-seeded San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
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Looking for more stability after a season that saw him traded twice, Vandermeer signed a three-year contract with the Flames in the 2008 offseason. In early November of 2008, Vandermeer broke his left ankle and missed 25 games. Playing in 45 games for Calgary during the regular season, Vandermeer had a goal and six assists. Enjoying a taste of the postseason for a second straight season, Vandermeer's journey for a Stanley Cup ended with the same disappointment. Facing his former team, Vandermeer and his Flames teammates exited the playoffs in the Quarterfinals again, losing to Chicago in six games.
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Adding on to the pain of another early loss in the playoffs, Vandermeer was dealt yet again. This time he was shipped out to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for the gritty Brandon Prust. Playing in 65 games for Phoenix, Vandermeer had four goals and eight assists while avoiding ankle issues. The Coyotes witnessed Vandermeer's most recent game-winning goal as he had the second goal in a Phoenix 4-1 win against Columbus on October 28th (go to 1:47).
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Traded for the second time in back-to-back offseasons, Vandermeer left Phoenix for Edmonton in exchange for Patrick O' Sullivan. Playing in 62 games for a second straight season, Vandermeer missed 15 games due to ankle injuries. He'd have two goals and 12 assists.
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On July 1st Vandermeer signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are Vandermeer's seventh different NHL team and his fourth different team in four seasons.
Being only 31 years of age, Vandermeer still has a couple of seasons left in him depending on how far his ankles let him play. Not only did Vandermeer serve as a dependable secondary-pair defenseman in Philly, he also brought the Flyers a crucial piece to a deep playoff run and one of the organization's better prospects at the moment.
For Vandermeer, the concern right now isn't whether or not the Sharks are going to make the playoffs, it's whether or not he can help them win the Stanley Cup.
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His time with the Flyers may have spanned over three seasons, but Ryan Potulny only played 44 games for Philadelphia in his career. From 2005-2006 to 2007-2008, Potulny split his time between the Flyers and the Philadelphia Phantoms playing 144 games between both teams. Since the end of the 2007-2008 season, Potulny has suited up for six different teams since his time with the Orange and Black. Let's look at Potulny then and now.
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In June of 2008, Potulny was sent to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Danny Syvret. Potulny spent most of the '08-'09 season with Guillaume Lefebvre on the Oilers' AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. Playing 70 of his 78 games that year in the AHL, Potulny would have his professional career highs in games played, goals, assists, and points. Scoring 38 goals and 24 assists with the the Falcons, Potulny also had three assists (two of which came against the Blues in January) in eight games with the Oilers that season.
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Staying within the Edmonton organization, Potulny played more games at the NHL level. Playing in 64 games for the Oilers, 56 more than the previous season, Potulny scored 15 goals and increased his assists from three to 17. Two of Potulny's 15 goals with the Oilers were game-winners, one of which he scored very late in a game against Philly in February of that season at Rexall Place. Playing in 56 fewer games for the Falcons, Potulny tallied three goals and five assists.
Despite more playing time at the NHL level, Potulny was released by the Oilers after the 2009-2010 season. In the beginning of September, he was signed by the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Playing in only three games for the Blackhawks (one each in October, November, and December), he'd go pointless with a plus/minus rating of -1. In his 58 games with the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, Potulny had 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points.
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With the 'Hawks in need of a 6th defenseman nearing the trade deadline, Potulny was shipped to the Ottawa Senators along with a second round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft for Chris Campoli and a conditional 7th round selection in 2012.
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In his time with Ottawa, Potulny went pointless in seven games. However, his presence was felt with Ottawa's AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. After scoring three goals and five assists in 13 games for B-town during the regular season, Potulny came through with 26 points to lead the Sens to their first ever Calder Cup.
"When you put a Calder Cup on your resume," Potulny told Elliot Olshansky of the New York Hockey Journal, "that looks pretty good. I just take the experience, and the battle level of the playoffs, how hard the guys competed, and what we all went through. I think there's a lot of experience, a lot of lessons to be learned."
On July 1st, Potulny signed a contract with the Washington Capitals for 2 years at $525,000 a season.
After his recent success and experience with the B-Sens on their way to the title, Potulny is looking for his first taste of NHL playoff action. The Caps, barring unexpected events, are going to the playoffs this season, so perhaps Potulny sees the ice for Washington come Spring of 2012.
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Danny Markov scored 31 goals in his NHL career, three of which came in his 52 games with the Philadelphia Flyers. Two of those goals were notable achievements for the Flyers. Since scoring his last NHL playoff goal with the Flyers in the 2004 playoffs, Markov played two more seasons in the NHL before playing in Russia. Let's take a look at Markov's work with the five teams after his days as a Flyer.
After scoring 14 points in 44 games with the Carolina Hurricanes, Markov was traded to Philly for forward Justin Williams in the middle of the 2003-2004 season.
Markov's first notable goal came during the Flyers' infamous game with the Ottawa Senators on March 5th, 2004. Adding onto his 15 PIM for the game, Markov also netted a goal in the first period that happened to be the Flyers' 10,000th goal in franchise history. This was the first of Markov's two regular season goals with Philly in his 34 games with the team before the 2004 playoffs.
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In the first round of those playoffs, the Flyers faced a team they had never beaten in the playoffs as they squared off against the New Jersey Devils. With a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5 in front of their home crowd, the Flyers looked to eliminate the Devils and move onto the Eastern Conference Semifinals. With the game tied 1-1 late in the third period, Markov let go of a wrister that found it's way past Martin Brodeur to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead with just 5:23 left in regulation. With the addition of a Sami Kapanen empty-net goal, the Flyers had defeated the Devils in five games while Markov had the series-winning goal.
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Facing the Maple Leafs in the next round, the Flyers would eliminate Toronto in six games to head to the Eastern Conference Finals. Markov had an assist on Branko Radivojevic's second period goal in Game 5 of the series (go to 1:36).
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Eliminated one win short of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Flyers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a seven-game series. Markov had his third point and second assist in the playoffs with his helper on Michal Handzus's goal in Game 1 (go to :41).
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During the NHL lockout of 2004-2005, Markov took his talents to the Vysshaya Liga of Russia to play alongside Alexei Zhamnov on Vityaz Chekhov's roster. In 26 games with the club, Markov had five goals and seven assists for 12 points.
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As the lockout ended, Markov returned to play in the NHL, but not for the Flyers. In early August of 2005, Markov was shipped to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 3rd round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Two days later, the Flyers traded away the newly acquired pick, along with the aging Jeremy Roenick, to the Los Angeles Kings for future players to be named. With the pick, the Kings drafted George "Bud" Holloway, a right winger who plays for the Kings' AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, and has yet to play an NHL game.
Markov only played for the Predators during the 2005-2006 season notching 11 assists in 58 regular season games. He'd also play in all five of the Predators' postseason games during the 2006 playoffs as they fell to the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Markov was held pointless during the five-game stretch.
During his season with the Preds, Markov represented the Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Markov played in eight games and had two assists as Russia lost to the Czech Republic 3-0 in the Bronze Medal game.
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Let go by Nashville after the 2005-2006 season, Markov played in what turned out to be his last NHL season with the Detroit Red Wings during the 2006-2007 season. While being teammates with Andreas Lilja and Kyle Calder, Markov registered four goals and 12 assists. He'd have three two-point games, including one on the last day of the season against the Blackhawks, which included his last goal in the NHL (go to :17).
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During the Red Wings playoff run, Markov played in each of the 18 games the Red Wings played before losing to Chris Pronger and the eventual Stanley Cup winning Anaheim Ducks in six games during the Western Conference Finals.
Leaving the NHL, Markov moved onto play for HC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague. Playing with former Flyer Dmitry Afanasenkov, Markov had four assists in 29 games before scoring two goals with an assist in nine postseason games.
As HC Dynamo Moscow became part of the KHL, Markov remained on the roster while Alexei Zhitnik and Denis Tolpeko joined him. Playing in five less regular season games than the prior season, Markov scored three goals and had just as many assists. In his 10 postseason games with the club, Markov had a goal and four assists.
The following season, Markov ended up playing in 42 regular season games. With the increase in games played, Markov was able to score more goals and register more assists. He'd have five goals and nine assists before being held scoreless in three postseason games for HC Dynamo Moscow.
Despite his increase in games played, Markov left HC Dynamo Moscow to play for Vityaz Chekov, the team he played for during the lockout. Playing in 19 more games for the club than he played in 2004-2005, Markov was only able to register one more assist as he had five goals and eight assists before being sent to SKA St. Petersburg just before the end of the regular season. In 10 postseason games with SKA St. Petersburg, Markov had one goal and three assists.
Known more as a physical defenseman, Markov's numbers won't be pretty in any league. However, he'll be remembered by Flyers' fans for his notable goals. Hell, Jaromir Jagr probably remembers Markov very fondly. At 35 years of age, Markov can serve as a veteran defender for any team in the KHL.
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In his 12 years as a professional hockey player, Bruno St. Jacques has never scored 10 goals or 30 points in a season. Playing in three different professional leagues, it seems as though St. Jacques plays best in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). With 61 points and a plus/minus rating of +19 in 138 regular season games over the last three seasons, St. Jacques' numbers in the DEL aren't impressive, but they're the highest in his career to this point. Let's take a look at St. Jacques' career since his last game with the Flyers on December 18th, 2002 against the Atlanta Thrashers.
After not playing the rest of December and for the whole month of January, St. Jacques was traded, along with Pavel Brendl, to the Carolina Hurricanes for Sami Kapanen and Ryan Bast. St. Jacques departed with the Flyers going pointless in 13 games total.
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"Bruno is still developing as an NHL defenseman, but we feel he has a very good chance at playing for the Hurricanes in the near future," Hurricanes' GM Jim Rutherford told the Hurricanes website following the February 7,2003 trade. St. Jacques followed through in Rutherford's words by making his first start for the Hurricanes 19 days later against the Phoenix Coyotes. In just over 15 minutes of ice time, St. Jacques had one shot and a plus/minus rating of -2.
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St. Jacques ended up splitting time between the Hurricanes and their AHL affiliate, the Lowell Lock Monsters, for the remainder of the season. In 18 games with the Canes, St. Jacques had two goals, one of which was his first NHL goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 6th while the other was against the Flyers a week later on the 13th. He'd also have five assists with Carolina while he had one goal and one assist in eight games for the Monsters.
The following season St. Jacques went scoreless in 41 games between the Hurricanes and the Monsters. In 35 games with the Hurricanes, St. Jacques had no goals and two assists. Considering he didn't average 12 minutes of ice time per game (11:49) and had only 16 shots during the season, it's no surprise St. Jacques didn't register a goal. His numbers weren't better in his six games with the Monsters as he went pointless with eight PIM and a plus/minus rating of -4.
Since the Hurricanes weren't playing in the 2004-2005 season due to the lockout, St. Jacques played all of his games with the Monsters. Playing in 68 games, the most games he played in a season since going pro, St. Jacques had two goals and 12 assists while posting a strong +24 rating. One of St. Jacques better seasons coincidentally resulted in his team making the playoffs for the first time since he was part of the 2002 Philadelphia Phantoms' playoff run. After the Monsters beat the Hartford Wolf Pack, now the Connecticut Whale, in six games, they'd bow out in five games to the Providence Bruins. During the 11-game run, St. Jacques took part in each game recording one goal and four assists.
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start the following season, St. Jacques was traded to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' organization for Craig Adams. Playing in one game for the Mighty Ducks and 60 for their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, St. Jacques set professional career highs in goals (7), assists (19), and points (26). One of those goals came in his lone game for the Mighty Ducks. Not only did the goal ruin a Manny Fernandez shutout with just 14 seconds left, it was the last goal in the NHL for St. Jacques.
Returning to the playoffs for a second straight year, St. Jacques' best season kept getting better with his postseason performance. As the Pirates were knocked out one game short of the AHL Finals by the eventual Calder Cup Champion Hersey Bears, St. Jacques played in 14 of their 19 games scoring three goals and posting four assists.
Three months into the next season, St. Jacques was traded for the second time in as many seasons. Along with PA Parenteau, St. Jacques was shipped to the Chicago Blackhawks for Sebastien Caron, Matt Keith, and Chris Durno.
"St. Jacques is a well-rounded defenseman who is an above average skater with offensive ability," Blackhawks' Director of Hockey Operations Stan Bowman told the Blackhawks' website. "He has an edge to his game and he gives us a veteran who has NHL experience."
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St. Jacques never played for the Blackhawks, but did play in 37 games for their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals. He'd have four goals and eight assists along with two assists in six playoff games before being released in July 2007.
For the start of the 2007-2008 regular season, St. Jacques signed with the Syracuse Crunch as he failed to make the Toronto Maple Leafs' roster after an invitation to training camp. After eight assists in 13 games for the Crunch, St. Jacques was traded back to the Ducks' organization along with Geoff Platt in exchange for Aaron Rome and Clay Wilson. He'd post 20 points in 48 games for the club before the beginning of the postseason. In his final six games to date in North America, St. Jacques had three assists while the Pirates fell one game short of the Calder Cup Finals for the second time in three years.
Moving away from the NHL and AHL, St. Jacques has spent the last few seasons with ERC Ingolstadt of the DEL. In 2008-2009, his first season with ERC Ingolstadt, St. Jacques posted a professional career high nine goals in 41 games while assisting on 16 goals. Unfortunately for St. Jacques, this season was the only one of the three to date that ERC Ingolstadt hasn't made it to the postseason while he has been on the roster.
Playing in five more games the next season, and with the accompaniment of new teammate Pat Kavanagh, St. Jacques tied his career high with nine goals and had just one less assist for 24 points during the regular season. Despite his slight decrease in performance, St. Jacques experienced the DEL playoffs for the first time in his career. As ERC Ingolstadt lost in the semifinals, St. Jacques played in four games notching an assist.
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This past season, St. Jacques was joined by Jared Ross and Colin Forbes as ERC Ingolstadt won 28 of 52 games. St. Jacques played in every game scoring five goals and registering eight assists.
His time with the Flyers was brief, but considering he's been on nine different teams in three different leagues over the last 12 years St. Jacques' time most places hasn't been too long. In fact, St. Jacques will be playing on his tenth different team next season as he joins the Straubing Tigers. If St. Jacques performs well in Straubing he has the possiblity to be rememberd as a solid player in the DEL.