Flyers sign four

The Philadelphia Flyers, parent club of the AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms, announced today that goaltender Jamie Storr and forwards Eric Chouinard, Pat Kavanagh and Ryan Ready have agreed to one-year contracts with the club.

“Jamie is a goaltender who has been around the league for a while,” said Flyers assistant general manager Paul Holmgren in making the announcement. “He gives us excellent depth at the goaltender position and we look for a strong year from him. Ryan Ready was one of our key veterans on our Phantoms team last year. We thought he deserved a shot to come back and give it a good shot to make the Flyers roster. We feel very fortunate to be able to get Eric Chouinard back and give him another chance at cracking the line-up. Pat Kavanagh is a former Flyers draft pick. He is another guy who brings depth at the forward position.

“All these guys will probably start with the Phantoms but with injuries you never know. They are all good hockey players and they all give us depth.”

Eric Chouinard represented the Montreal Canadiens organization in the 2001 AHL All-Star Classic.

Storr, 29, posted a 14-27-3 record, 2.95 goals against average and .913 save percentage in 46 games for the Springfield Falcons and Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey League during the 2003-04 season. In parts of 10 NHL seasons with Los Angeles and Carolina, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Brampton, Ont., has a 85-86-23 record and 2.54 goals against average in 219 regular-season games.

Storr was the seventh player taken in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Chouinard, 25, posted five goals and five assists for 10 points and 42 penalty minutes in 16 regular season games for Salzburg EC of the Austrian league during the 2004-05 season. A 2001 AHL All-Star, he has appeared in 146 regular-season AHL games with Philadelphia, Utah and Quebec, tallying 43 goals and 56 assists for 99 points, and made his pro debut with Fredericton during the Canadiens’ run to the 1999 Calder Cup Playoff conference finals.

Pat Kavanagh posted 31 points in 80 games for Binghamton last season.

In three NHL seasons with Montreal, the Flyers and Minnesota, the 6-foot-3, 204-pound left wing has 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points and 14 penalty minutes in 89 regular-season games. Chouinard was born in Atlanta, where dad Guy, a 1976 Calder Cup champion with Nova Scotia, played for the NHL Flames.

Kavanagh, 26, was originally drafted by the Flyers in the second round (50th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He posted 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points and 87 penalty minutes in 80 regular-season games for the Binghamton Senators of the AHL during the 2004-05 season.

Kavanagh has 77 goals and 81 assists for 158 points in 354 career AHL games with Binghamton, Manitoba and Syracuse. In three NHL seasons with Vancouver, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound right wing has two goals and two penalty minutes in six regular season games.

Ryan Ready helped Philadelphia to a Calder Cup championship in 2005.

Ready, 26, posted seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points and 104 penalty minutes in 72 regular-season games with the Philadelphia Phantoms during the 2004-05 season. The 6-2, 196-pound left wing added two goals and 11 assists for 13 points and six penalty minutes in 19 playoff games in helping lead the Phantoms to the Calder Cup.

Ready has totaled 67 goals and 111 assists for 178 points in 362 games with Philadelphia, Worcester, Manitoba and Syracuse over five AHL seasons.