After a one season comeback with the Carolina Hurricanes organization, Mark Flood will return to the Kontinental Hockey League for the 2014-2015 season with Zagreb. He played in the KHL in the 2012-2013 season prior to returning to North America in 2013-2014.
A veteran of just 39 NHL games since being drafted in 2003, Mark Flood has been an NHL journeyman looking for somewhere to break into the NHL. He never got that opportunity with the Carolina Hurricanes, so he will give the KHL yet another try. Mark Flood played 33 games with the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011-2012 season
In 74 games played in the AHL this year, Mark Flood tallied 13 goals, 18 assists, and 31 points. He led all Charlotte Checkers defensemen in goals and points. He was third in assists behind Michal Jordan and Ryan Murphy.
Mark Flood’s 13 goals and 8 power play goals were franchise records for Charlotte Checkers defensemen. Mark Flood did not see any NHL action in 2013-2014, which likely made a big impact on his decision.
The move will heavily impact the Charlotte Checkers. Mark Flood proved to be one of the most reliable players on the team this past season. With a very young defensive core going into next season, the Checkers will miss the 29-year-old’s experience.
Prior to making the move, Mark Flood talked about the possibility of going back to the KHL in April at the team’s exit interviews.
“I’m open to anything. I don’t know what’s going to happen, because I’m getting a bit older and it’s a different situation than some of the younger guys. I just want to go somewhere where it’s a good situation for me and my family.”
Obviously, Mark Flood thought a return to the KHL was the best thing for him and his family.