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Wolf Pack sign Potulny to AHL deal

The Hartford Wolf Pack have signed veteran forward Ryan Potulny to an American Hockey League contract.

Potulny, a ninth-year pro, has spent the last three seasons with the AHL’s Hershey Bears. In 2013-14, after signing with the Bears on Dec. 22, the 6-foot, 179-pound Potulny scored three goals and added seven assists for 10 points in 38 games.

Originally a third-round draft pick (87th overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003, Potulny has appeared in 408 career AHL games with Hershey, Binghamton, Rockford, Springfield and Philadelphia, tallying 150 goals and 158 assists for 308 points.

The highlight of the 29-year-old Potulny’s AHL tenure was a Calder Cup championship with Binghamton in 2011. The Grand Forks, N.D., native led all AHL skaters in playoff points that spring (26), and tied for the league lead in goals (14) in 23 games. He set a career high with 38 goals playing for Springfield in 2008-09, and put up six points (2g, 4a) in the 2009 AHL All-Star Game that winter.

Potulny also ended the longest game in AHL history on Apr. 24, 2008, when his goal at 2:58 of the fifth overtime period gave Philadelphia a 3-2 win over the Albany River Rats.

A product of the University of Minnesota, Potulny has skated in 126 career NHL games with Philadelphia, Edmonton, Chicago and Ottawa, totaling 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points.