Right off the heals of Ryan Parent’s announced shoulder surgery that will keep him out three months, Randy Jones is the next victim of the preseason injury bug. Jones suffered a torn labrum in his hip early in training camp. In hopes that the pain would subside, Jones was inactive for the majority of the preseason. However, much like Parent’s injury, Jones’ didn’t heal on its own and the 27-year old blue liner will likely need to go under the knife for a recovery that will take 6-8 weeks.
With Parent and now Jones gone, and rookie Luca Sbisa only playing his allotted 10 NHL games to keep his juniors eligibility alive, the Flyers have somewhat of a conundrum. General Manager Paul Holmgren made no secret that he was making calls to acquire a veteran defenseman, but with only $800k to spend, the options are very limited. The Flyers are NOT interested in bringing back Bryan Berard, who after his release from the Flyers, was not shown any interest by any of the 30 NHL clubs. According to his agent, Berard is now eyeballing the KHL.
Note: According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Sbisa can return to his junior team after 10+ games, but after nine games, his contract would count the entire year as being played regardless of how many games after nine he plays. The $800+ million would also go against the Flyers’ cap. Either way, the Flyer DO NOT want to keep Sbisa after nine days unless he puts on a Paul Coffey-esque effort.