The Flyers reacquired RW Jody Hull from the Thrashers yesterday, hoping he will help winless Philadelphia defend leads and kill penalties.

Hull, 30, registered 14 points and 12 penalty minutes in 72 games for the Flyers last season.

"Right now, we need to shore ourselves up defensively. Jody did a real good job last year for us that way. That's what we're hoping he'll be able to do again," Coach Roger Neilson said in a statement.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Hull may play in tonight's game against the Red Wings.

Hull, an 11-year NHL veteran, was selected by the Thrashers in the expansion draft on June 25 but did not appear in any regular season games with Atlanta. He was acquired by the Flyers in exchange for future considerations.

The Flyers have begun a season of great expectations with the worst five-game start in the franchise's 32-year history, a dismal 0-4-1 mark.

* SNOWED OUT: Canucks G Garth Snow is out indefinitely with a broken finger. Snow, 30, was injured in Wednesday's overtime loss to the Flames and was replaced by Kevin Weekes in last night's game against the Hurricanes.

Snow is 1-1 with a 2.44 goals-against average in two starts. He missed the first two games of the season with a strained groin.