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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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Parent to return, amateur experiment to end and Sbisa back with team

Given the circumstance, amateur defenseman turn NHL blue liner for the day, David Sloane, did not have a bad game on Thursday, despite only getting 6:44 of ice time and having one blocked shot. But there is something to say about a Philly guy playing his first game at the highest level, against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, in a playoff-style atmosphere.

“One minute I’m in Albany (with the Phantoms), the next I’m in a rental car coming down to New York,” Sloane said. “It was a total surprise to me.”

Because defenseman Ryan Parent was still feeling the lingering effects of a groin tweak. And Riley Cote was out with a bum finger.  The Flyers were stuck with both players’ salary on the books and needed a replacement on defense, while being pressed hard against the cap.  The solution — sign an amateur on the Phantoms that hasn’t played a professional game and play him within 24-hours.  Signing Sloane meant that for 24-hours, the 24-year old defenseman from Colgate University, wouldn’t count against the cap.

“It’s not an ideal situation to be in,” said Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren. “I don’t particularly like playing short-handed. David Sloane is a college hockey player who has never played a pro game. Is he ready for the National Hockey League? Probably not, but he’s going to be put under fire.”

Lucky for the Flyers, Parent will be ready to play on Saturday against the New York Islanders, while Sloane will get sent back to the Phantoms.

Also in defensive news, the Flyers have assigned Luca Sbisa to the Phantoms.  Sbisa’s junior season ended Wednesday night, making him eligable to go pro for the rest of the season.  Sbisa will join the Flyers once the playoffs start, when the salary cap becomes virtually meaningless.

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Curve ball! Flyers sign local defenseman Sloane to replace Parent

It was reported earlier that Phantoms’ defender Danny Syvret would take the place of injured defenseman Ryan Parent, tonight versus the New York Rangers.  But that won’t be the case.  The Flyers have went the unconventional route and signed 6-foot-4, 220 lbs. defenseman David Sloane out of Colgate University to a try out contract.  Sloane will take the place of Parent tonight as the Flyers face the Rangers in a crucial end of the season match up.  What a welcome to professional hockey.

“I just want to keep it simple and play my game,” said Sloane. “I want to get the butterflies out early, which I am sure there will be plenty of.”

Sloane played four years at Colgate and had 10 goals and 13 assists, with 100 penalty minutes.  He was born in Philadelphia and is a native of Ambler, Pennsylvania.  Because of the injury emergency call-up rules, Sloane is available to play for the Flyers in a 24-hour period after signing.  He will wear number 40.

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Parent out, Syvret recalled and Sbisa to return

The tweak of the groin that knocked Flyers’ defenseman Ryan Parent out in the middle of Tuesday’s game against the Florida Panthers, will keep him out on more contest.  The Flyers were tinkering with the idea that Parent would be available for Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers, but the young rear guard was officially pulled out of the lineup after the 10 a.m. morning skate at Madison Square Garden.

Taking his place will be Phantoms’ top defensemen and one of the top AHL leading scorers from the blue line, Danny Syvret.  Syvret will be playing in his third NHL game this season and has solidified himself as the Flyers’ seventh defenseman until rookie Luca Sbisa rejoins the team.  Syvret has 12 goals and 42 assists in 74 games with the Phantoms this season.

Sbisa, who was sent back to his junior team mid season, will return to the Flyers, after his Lethbridge Hurricanes  were unceremoniously knocked out of the WHL post season by the Calgary Hitmen last night, four games to none.

Because Sbisa can not rejoin the Flyers during the regular season, it is possible he will take  a couple days off then join the Phantoms.  If the Phantoms do not make the playoffs (they are tied for the final playoff spot with two games remaining), Sbisa would join the Flyers as a fringe player, simply practicing with the team but spending game time in the press box, unless needed.

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The clincher! Flyers clinch spot in post season

The Flyers did more than just fend off the hard-charging Carolina Hurricanes for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference in Tuesday night’s 2-1 over the visiting Florida Panthers, but with just three games remaining in the season, the boys in Orange and Black are guaranteed themselves a return to the post season.

Seven minute into the third period with the game locked at one, Jeff Carter scored the game winner, giving his team the 2-1 lead.

“It’s a good feeling,  you play all year to have a chance for the Stanley Cup, and it’s a good feeling,” said Carter, who scored his 45th of the year.  “We knew Florida was going to come hard and we were ready for it and did alright.”

Goaltender Marty Biron handled the rest, making 29 saves on 30 shots, preserving the huge win.

“As a team, we’re focusing on the good things we’ve done of late,” Biron said. “With the locker room and offensive weapons we have, we can respond and make big plays.  We have the weapons to get the job done.”

Flyers’ captain Mike Richards looked relieved to be in the playoffs for the second year in the row.

“We’ve done a great job all year of closing games out,” said Richards, who won the team MVP before the game. “Tonight we stayed patient, threw a lot of rubber t the net and one went in.  It’s nice to be in the playoffs again, this is the time of year we play for, but we have one more goal in mind and that’s home ice advantage.”

The loss by Florida is devastating to its playoff hopes.  The Panthers are currently in the ninth spot, two points away from the eight-seeded New York Rangers.  Both teams have two games to play, with New York’s final two against the Flyers.

The Flyers remain tied with Carolina for the fourth spot in the conference with 97 points, but with a game in hand.  The Hurricanes are also coming off a victory, putting the Islanders on the wrong side of a 9-0 score.

However, the win was not without a casualty.  Defenseman Ryan Parent left the game in the second period due to a lower body injury.  The injury did not seem serious, but possibly a lower body tweak that was handled with caution.

Philadelphia returns to action on Thursday, when it visits the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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Flyers hand out awards, Cote to miss rest of season

The Flyers have announced that Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen, Danny Briere, Scott Hartnell and Darroll Powe have been voted annual team awards.  Richards earned himself the Bobby Clarke award for the team’s most valuable player for the second consecutive season.  Timonen won the Barry Ashbee trophy for the second year in a row as the team’s best defenseman and Briere won the Yanick Dupre trophy for classiest Flyer.

Jeff Carter won the Toyota Cup, which is the Flyers’ player with the most star of the game points.

Darroll Powe won the most improved player award and Scott Hartnell won the Gene Hart trophy for player that has showed the most heart.

The Flyers also announced to the media that enforcer Riley Cote, who injured his right ring finger in a fight with a Boston Bruin on March 29, will miss the rest of the season after he underwent surgery to fix the problem.  Cote leads the Flyers with 174 penalty minutes.

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Hartnell, Giroux probable tonight in crucial matchup vs Panthers

Coach John Stevens told the media this morning that he expects forwards Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux to play tonight against the Florida Panthers, at the Wachovia Center at 7 p.m.  Hartnell was sent home from practice yesterday with a serious case of pink eye and Giroux underwent tests to find a possible stomach ulcer.  The tests were negative, but it did reveal he has some acid reflux issues and he will be fine.

“He looked pretty bad,” Joffrey Lupul said of Hartnell’s eyeball. “Worse than normal.”

Giroux told the media that the stomach pain he has felt for days now does not affect his on-ice play, as he doesn’t even notice it when he’s playing.

“I went to the doctor just to check it out. I’ll be fine,” he said. “It didn’t really matter when I was playing. When I’m on the ice, I don’t think about it.”

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