September 25 Camden Courier-Post columnist Chuck Gormley:
“Having tortured his body for 15 seasons, defenseman Sean O’Donnell could easily have called it a career this summer and lived the good life in Southern California, finishing his NHL career where it began in 1994.
A summer phone call from good friend Chris Pronger made him reconsider.
“We’ve been friends for a long time, and he can be very persuasive,” said O’Donnell, a 38-year-old veteran who has decided to make Philadelphia the eighth and perhaps final stop of his career. “He thought it would be a good fit.”
So O’Donnell did what any good husband would do. He asked his wife, Laura, how she felt about moving to Philadelphia.
“She said, “You make this decision — you go wherever, and I’m for it,’ ” O’Donnell said. “So the idea of leaving California, it was a no-brainer.”
Along with Andrej Meszaros and Matt Walker, O’Donnell represents the third piece of Paul Holmgren’s summer reconstruction of the Flyers’ blue line.
Signed to a one-year, $1.3 million contract on July 1, O’Donnell will spend the next two weeks battling Walker for the sixth and final spot in the Flyers’ six-man defensive rotation.”
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