Deja Vu: Flyers sign amateur Fritsch to replace Parent

In an identical move that brought amateur defenseman David Sloane to the Flyers for a 24-hour period on Thursday, as a result of another Ryan Parent groin injury, General Manager Paul Holmgren has signed University of New Hampshire defenseman Jamie Fritsch to a try out contract, meaning he can play for the Flyers with no cap hit for 24-hours.

At 6-foot-2, 200 lbs, 24-year old Fritsch is a physical, defensive defenseman and a native of Maryland.  Despite not scoring a lot of points, Fritsch is a plus-minus monster.  In 33 games last season, he was a +17 in 37 games, while only contributing 10 points.

With injuries to Riley Cote and Ryan Parent, the inability to Cote on the LTIR leaves the Flyers with both player’s salaries stuck on the books. The predicament maxes the cap space, but leaves the Flyers still needing a body on the blue line.  When the regular season ends, the salary cap becomes meaningless and the Flyers can bring up players anytime, with no penalty.

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