Flyers' Riley Cote has retired

Posted: August 10, 2010

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Monday that left winger Riley Cote has retired as a player to become assistant coach of the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

Cote will join head coach Greg Gilbert and associate coach Kjell Samuelsson on the Adirondack coaching staff.

By clearing Cote's $550,000 salary off the books, the Flyers are nearly $878,000 under the $59.4 million cap. Cote was one of the Flyers' most popular players, but his days were numbered when the club signed enforcer Jody Shelley this summer.

Cote, 28, spent the last six years with the Flyers. He appeared in 156 games for the Flyers over four seasons from 2006-07 through 2009-10, posting a total of 411 penalty minutes while collecting a goal and six assists for seven points.

Cote signed an AHL contract with the Phantoms as a free agent before the 2004-05 season and helped the club to its second Calder Cup.

- By The Inquirer Staff

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