General manager Paul Holmgren told the media that he expects to make a decision on the fate of Blair Betts sometime after Saturday’s preseason game in New Jersey. He also mentioned that the status of James van Riemsdyk and Mika Pyorala will be decided later in the week, possibly after the final preseason game versus the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Monthly Archives: September 2009
A signing may be brewing in Flyers Land. Up against the 50-contract limit with 49, the Flyers have traded defenseman Patrik Hersley to Nashville for future considerations. The move gives the Flyers 48 contracts, allowing them to possibly sign forward Blair Betts and remain under the limit by one.
Hersley was a low-end prospect currently playing for Modo in Sweden. The 6’3 defenseman spent most of his career in the ECHL, playing just five games for the Phantoms in 2008-09.
In tonight’s preseason debut at the Wachovia Center against the Detroit Red Wings, the Flyers have slimmed down their roster and will be presenting a squad that will look very similar to the one on opening day.
For the first time all preseason, the team will stack its defense with its top-two pairings, partnering Kimmo Timonen with Braydon Coburn and Chris Pronger and Matt Carle.
Simon Gagne will also be making his preseason debut and a groin tweak slowed down his participation in training camp. The longest tenured Flyer will play on a line with Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk.
Goaltender Ray Emery is expected to play the entire game.
Projected line combos
Simon Gagne – Mike Richards – James van Riemsdyk
Scott Hartnell – Jeff Carter – Danny Briere
Lukas Kaspar – Claude Giroux – Mika Pyorala
Dan Carcillo – Darroll Powe – Jason Ward
Kimmo Timonen – Braydon Coburn
Chris Pronger – Matt Carle
Ryan Parent – Danny Syvret
Ray Emery – Brian Boucher
The Flyers were one of the last teams in the NHL to make official cuts, but that day has finally come.
It was announced earlier that NHL vet Mark Bell and try-out Adrian Foster were released and that Andreas Nodl, Jared Ross and Jon Kalinski have been assigned to the Phantoms.
Leading the second wave of not surprising cuts is Josh Beaulieu, Rob Bellamy, Matt Clackson, Ryan Dingle, Garrett Klotz, Jon Matsumoto, Tomas Sinisalo, Oskars Bartulis, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Joonas Lehtivuori, Kevin Marshall, Mike Ratchuk, David Sloane, Logan Stephenson, Matt Duchene, Nicola Riopel, Michael-Lee Teslak.
All have been assigned to the Phantoms.
Those sent back to their junior teams include David Labreque, Eric Wellwood, Zac Rinaldo, Jacob Deserres, Adam Morrison.
The Flyers have signed juniors try-out defenseman Tyler Hostetter. Hostetter, a Pennsylvania native, was returned to the Erie Otters after signing the contract. The 5’11 blue liner is a right-handed shot and plays relatively mean.
James van Riemsdyk, Blair Betts, Mika Pyorala, David Laliberte, Patrick Maroon and Danny Syvret have remained on the team so far.
Tim Pannacio of CSNphilly.com is reporting that forward try out Mark Bell has been cut by the Flyers.
Bell, a former Ranger and Blackhawk, signed on as an early try out just weeks before training camp began. However, soft play and being quoted as saying “a two-way contract is unacceptable to me,” surely did not help his chances with the Flyers, who need roster flexibility.
After the three-game preseason road trip in which the team went 0-3, Flyers’ coach John Stevens made it public that he was unimpressed with Bell’s play, saying he played “Just OK.”
The cutting of Bell increases the chances that utility forward Blair Betts makes the team. The Flyers will likely begin to slim down their roster very shortly.
The Flyers hope to reverse their preseason woes tonight on the road against Toronto at 7 P.M. With General Manager Paul Holmgren calling out the team for lack of effort in the team’s 4-0 loss against the Maple Leafs on Thursday, look for a bit more spunk from the group. James van Riemsdyk sees his third straight game and Ray Emery will return in goal. Newly acquired Phil Kessel will not suit up for Toronto.
Here is tonight’s full roster.
James van Riemsdyk, Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, David Laliberte, Dan Carcillo, Darroll Powe, Ian Laperriere, Riley Cote, Blair Betts, Mark Bell.
Matt Carle, Chris Pronger, Danny Syvret, Braydon Coburn, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Randy Jones.
Ray Emery, Brian Boucher.
In last night’s 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in London, Ontario, the Flyers chased the puck and achieved very little offensively. This, matched with Tuesday’s lifeless 3-1 loss to Detroit, has some of the Flyers’ brass unnerved.
“I think (Toronto) outworked us to be quite honest with you and that’s somewhat disturbing from a Flyers’ standpoint,” Flyers’ General Manager Paul Holmgren told the Fan 590 in Toronto. “Obviously (Toronto) has a lot of guys fighting for a spot and they had a lot of fight and spirit last night.”