Matthew Ford (AHL) traded to Blue Jackets' organization for future considerations
Adirondack Phantoms RW Matthew Ford has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets organization in exchange for future considerations. Ford has been assigned by Columbus to the Springfield Falcons.
Ford was acquired by Philadelphia on February 3, 2012 in exchange for defenseman Kevin Marshall. He scored a combined 29-30-59 with Hershey and Adirondack last season including 19-12-31 in just 31 games for the Phantoms. He also had nine game-winning goals including eight with Adirondack to finish second in the AHL. This year, he has scored 4-9-13 in 35 games for Adirondack.
A couple of Ford's top highlights as an Adirondack Phantom were both at the Times Union Center against rival Albany. He scored an overtime game-winner on March 3, 2012. And he registered a hat trick there on April 7, 2012.
The University of Wisconsin product was drafted in the 8th round in 2004 by Chicago. He has played a combined 256 AHL games and 287 total professional games since debuting in 2008-09 with the Charlotte Checkers (ECHL) and Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). He has 94-90-184 in his pro career and 73-71-144 in the AHL.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets today announced that the club has acquired forward Matthew Ford from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for future considerations. Ford will report to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
Originally selected by Chicago in the eighth round, 256th overall, of the 2004 NHL Draft, Ford has recorded 72-69-141 in 256 career AHL games with Hartford, Lake Erie, Hershey and Adirondack. The 6-1, 207-pound right winger has recorded 4-9-13 and 31 penalty minutes in 35 appearances with the Phantoms this season. A native of West Hills, California, Ford spent four seasons at the University of Wisconsin from 2004-08, recording 21-18-39 in 124 career NCAA games.
Apparently the Jackets just acquired this guy for future considerations. What kind of player is this guy?
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 03-12-2013 at 02:53 PM.
Reason: links added including release from Phantoms
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have acquired 6-1, 207-lb right wing Matt Ford from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Kevin Marshall, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. Ford has been assigned to the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.
Ford, 27 (10/9/1984), has appeared in 39 games this season for Washington’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, where he posted 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points. He appeared in 76 games with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters last season, where he scored a career-high 26 goals and added 16 assists for a career-high 42 points.
Ford has recorded 50 goals and 50 assists for 100 points in 190 career AHL games with Hershey, Lake Erie and the Hartford Wolf Pack. He was also the MVP of the 2009 ECHL All-Star Game while a member of the Charlotte Checkers.
Prior to turning pro, Ford played four years at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a member of the school’s 2006 national championship team. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the eighth round (256th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
lol Kevin Marshall. every time i hear that name i think of what could of been.
this is obviously a move to clear a contract spot. not sure why Columbus is interested in him though. of that's right cause some organizations actually try to make their AHL affiliates a good place for the prospects to play and develop.
GLENS FALLS - There are scores of ways a professional hockey player might try to break out of a slump.
They range from spending some extra time on the ice at the end of practice to altering a pre-game ritual.
But the effectiveness of those methods depends on a player being in the line-up on game night. After all, a player can’t score if he isn’t on the ice. Welcome to the world of Adirondack Phantoms winger Matt Ford.
On paper, he is one of the AHL’s elite snipers, one of just eight to score 25 times in each of the past two seasons, and was a point-per-game player last season after he was traded in February to the Phantoms.
Now, two months into the season, Ford is still searching for his first goal. He’s been scratched 11 times in Adirondack’s past 20 games. Coach Terry Murray has twice played Zack FitzGerald, a tough defenseman with 10 career goals, on the wing over Ford even as Adirondack is scoring a lowly 2.57 goals per game.
But the 28-year-old spent the week practicing with Eric Wellwood and Garrett Roe on Adirondack’s third line, which indicates he’ll be back in the line-up when the Phantoms host the Syracuse Crunch Friday at the Civic Center. He could see more ice time now that wing Ben Holmstrom will undergo knee surgery.
"You want to be out there every night," Ford said. "When you’re an athlete, if you don’t want to be on the ice or you don’t want to be out there, then you’re in the wrong business. When you look at any guy that’s in that position, including myself, you just want to be out there and you want to be a part of things."
Ford was in the center of a lot of things for Adirondack last season.
The Phantoms scored 81 goals after Ford was traded to the team. He had 19 of them, nearly 25 percent. He was also killing penalties and blocking shots. Then-coach Joe Paterson lauded his all-around game.
The Philadelphia Flyers, so impressed by Ford’s work ethic, scoring prowess and play away from the puck, re-signed him to a new deal before his breakthrough year concluded. He started this season on a line with Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, which had the potential to be one of the AHL’s most lethal trios.