Although opening day of training camp is still roughly a month away, that doesn’t stop the Flyers’ front office from building the framework of the forward lines.
According to CSNPhilly.com, the Flyers are planning to start training camp with Mike Richards centering Claude Giroux and Dan Carcillo. This might come as a minor surprise considering that Giroux proved late last season that he flourishes at the center position.
However, Giroux will be replaced as a pivot by Jeff Carter, who will be between Ukrainian sniper Nikolai Zherdev and sophomore James vanRiemsdyk.
Tim Panaccio wrote …
“Right now the Flyers have Zherdev playing right-wing on Jeff Carter’s line with James van Riemsdyk on the left. That’s their No. 1 line listed on their personnel board in the team’s administrative office at Skate Zone.”
Pairing Zherdev and Carter does not seem, on paper, like an ideal match. Zherdev, very good in one-on-one situations, is a sniper more than a playmaker. And Carter, a 35-40 goal scorer, who ranked third in the entire NHL in shots last season with 319, tends to keep the puck more than dish it.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette admitted in an interview that despite the lines not being set, due to the success they had in the post season, the Flyers will keep Danny Briere at center between Ville Leino and Scott Hartnell.
It is unknown who will replace fourth-line center Blair Betts, should the defensive specialist miss the start of the regular season recovering from shoulder surgery. However, the Flyers’ fourth line will likely feature Ian Laperriere and Jody Shelley with Betts, Powe or other variable at center.
Keep in mind that all line combinations are likely to change as the Flyers work on chemistry throughout training camp and the preseason.