According to Tim Pannacio of CSNphillly.com, the Flyers have placed forward Glen Metropolit on waivers to make cap room for the return of Danny Briere on Friday. Metropolit relieves the Flyers of just $1 million of the estimated $2 million needed to squeeze Briere under the cap. The move comes as somewhat of a surprise since Darroll Powe, who went from fringe AHLer to an everyday player for the Flyers, did not get put on the chopping block like most expected. Powe will take over fourth-line centering duties for Metropolit, unless he gets sent down as well.
Pannacio believes Powe and Lasse Kukkonen could be next on the cost-cutting list, but it could be Ossi Vaananen, who carries his own $1 million contract, to be the next on waivers.
Metropolit tallied just four goals and 10 assists in 55 games as a Flyer.
TSN.ca is reporting that the Flyers have waived Ossi Vaananen.
The Flyers may get a dose of how important Kimmo Timonen really is to their blue line Tuesday night, when they face the Washington Capitals without him. According to coach John Stevens, Kimmo has come down with the flu bug (what else) and will not make the trip to D.C.
Randy Jones is likely to be paired up with Ryan Parent and Ossi Vaananen will be activated.
From last years first round playoffs into the 2008-09 season, Timonen has been able to single-handedly shut down sniper Alexandr Ovechkin. Without Kimmo in the lineup, it could be a long night for orange and black if the defense fails to pick up the pieces.
The flu bug that ate the Flyers whole just couple weeks ago, resurfaced, this time taking down Jeff Carter. Carter did not miss any game time with the illness, but departed from the Flyers’ wives fight for lives carnival early on Sunday, despite the line of autograph seekers waiting for the Flyers’ leading scorer. Reportedly in the recovery phases of the bug (for the second time), Carter practiced briefly on Monday morning, but left early after only a few shifts. Danny Briere took his spot next to Joffrey Lupul and Scottie Hartnell in practice, but won’t return until at least Friday.
According to coach John Stevens, Carter, who only has two points in his last five games, should be ready to play tonight (Tuesday) against the Washington Capitals.
Since the 2007-08 season, the Flyers have managed to dodge the NHL assignment to start the regular season in Europe. And luckily for them, they did it once more. The 2009-10 season will open with four NHL teams in Europe, two playing in Stockholm, Sweden and other two meet in Helsinki, Finland on Friday, Oct 2 and Saturday, Oct 3.
Ottawa Senators (19-25-8 overall, 7-16-3 road)
Philadelphia Flyers (21-15-9 overall, 15-6-3 home)
7 P.M, CSP, RSN.
Season series tied at one.
The Ottawa Senators come into Philadelphia on Thursday, in what will be a battle of two sparking teams trying to catch fire.
After falling victim to the team-spread viral infection that knocked out half of the orange an black immediately following the All-Star break, Flyers’ captain Mike Richards and Scottie Upshall are set to make their return from the illness Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators.
After playing his 39th game in a Flyers’ uniform against the St. Louis Blues Saturday, the Flyers have officially announced that rookie defenseman Luca Sbisa has been sent back to his junior team, the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL. Luca was incorrectly reported by Canadian news sites to be sent back to Lethbridge during the All-Star break.
“We feel that it is in the best interest of Luca and the Flyers organization that he gets back to playing on a regular basis,” said General Manager Paul Holmgren. “Luca will join Lethbridge for its game in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday.”
According to the CBA, after 40 active games in uniform for the Flyers, Sbisa would have shed one year of restricted free agency, making him an unrestricted free agent a year sooner. If Sbisa was not going to play regular minutes in the orange and black, Holmgren felt that it was best for Sbisa and the Flyers to make sure the 18-year old would see regular time on the ice with the Hurricanes to continue improving, while staying in the Flyers’ possession a year longer.