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Holmgren: JVR, Betts and Pyorala likely to make club

For much of the preseason, the major roster question was who general manager Paul Holmgren was going to decide to keep with the big club —  James van Riemsdyk, Mika Pyorala or Blair Betts.  But according to Holmgren, the Flyers want all three.

“If we were submitting rosters tomorrow, yeah, (Pyorala, JVR and Betts) would probably would be on it,” said Holmgren.

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Roster decisions coming next week

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.

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Rosters set for Flyers home debut

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.

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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

Defense

Kimmo Timonen – Braydon Coburn

Chris Pronger – Matt Carle

Ryan Parent – Danny Syvret

Goalies

Ray Emery – Brian Boucher

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Flyers make first round of cuts

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.

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JVR struggles in quest for NHL 10

If you were in a Voorhees, N.J. GameStop late Monday night, the dejected future NHLer you saw walking away empty-handed was Flyers’ prospect and former second-overall pick James van Riemsdyk.  Van Riemsdyk tried his best to pick up a copy of EA Sports’ highly anticipated title NHL 10.  But let it be known that even potential future cover models for the game don’t get early copies.

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Van Riemsdyk makes statement in rookie game

The Flyers did not have to wait until the AHL season got underway for  James Van Riemsdyk to suddenly turn it on.

The former second-overall selection in the 2007 draft dominated in the third annual Flyers – Capitals rookie scrimmage, scoring four goals and assisting on one, as the Flyers walloped the Capitals, 7-3, Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.

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Marshall’s leadership shines among prospects

VOORHEES — 20-year old Kevin Marshall has seen himself quickly rise to the top of the organization’s prospect ranks since being selected by the Flyers 41st overall in the 2007 draft.  The gritty stay-at-home blue liner is armed with a plethora of attractive weapons, including excellent vision, good skating and a nose for physical contact.  But one the Quebec native’s most attractive qualities helped come from the advice of Hall of Famer and Quebec Rampart head coach Patrick Roy.

“Roy wanted me to improve on my leadership,” said Marshall, who was given the captaincy of the Ramparts right away in 2008-09.  “He taught me that being a captain is all about work ethic and always being enthusiastic. He gave me some good tips that helped me really improve in that aspect.”

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