The tweak of the groin that knocked Flyers’ defenseman Ryan Parent out in the middle of Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers, will keep him out on more contest. The Flyers were tinkering with the idea that Parent would be available for Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers, but the young rear guard was officially pulled out of the lineup after the 10 a.m. morning skate at Madison Square Garden.
Taking his place will be Phantoms’ top defensemen and one of the top AHL leading scorers from the blue line, Danny Syvret. Syvret will be playing in his third NHL game this season and has solidified himself as the Flyers’ seventh defenseman until rookie Luca Sbisa rejoins the team. Syvret has 12 goals and 42 assists in 74 games with the Phantoms this season.
Sbisa, who was sent back to his junior team mid season, will return to the Flyers, after his Lethbridge Hurricanes were unceremoniously knocked out of the WHL post season by the Calgary Hitmen last night, four games to none.
Because Sbisa can not rejoin the Flyers during the regular season, it is possible he will take a couple days off then join the Phantoms. If the Phantoms do not make the playoffs (they are tied for the final playoff spot with two games remaining), Sbisa would join the Flyers as a fringe player, simply practicing with the team but spending game time in the press box, unless needed.