In a surprising turn of events, forward Bill Guerin has been released from his tryout contract with the Flyers.
The veteran, who has scored at least 20 goals in 13 of his 18 career seasons, was hoping and was expected to land a spot with the forward-heavy Flyers. However, after skating with the team since before training camp, Guerin had a shaky preseason in which he struggled.
Suffering an elbow injury and having trouble finding chemistry or consistency in coach Peter Laviolette’s high-energy system, the 39-year-old was sluggish, unnoticeable and irresponsible in the defensive end.
The dismissal of Guerin opens the door for rookie Ben Holmstrom, Darroll Powe, Andreas Nodl and Dan Carcillo, who were all believed to be fighting for the final forward spot. But with Ian Laperriere out indefinitely with post concussion syndrome, two of those three players are expected to make the team out of camp.
The Flyers open the 2010-11 season in Pittsburgh on Oct. 7 against the Penguins.