Category Archives: Offseason

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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Carcillo rocks Devils Mark Fraser

Many skeptics of Dan Carcillo believe that if the aggressive forward chooses to fight over try to be a productive player, than he is no better than a middleweight enforcer on a scoring line.

But if he continues throwing fists like he did against 6-foot-3 Mark Fraser and still remain productive like he was in the Flyers 2-1 win over the Devils Thursday night, he might prove a lot of people wrong.

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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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Flyers trade Hersley to Nashville for future considerations

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.

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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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First cut — Bell gone

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.

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Carter, JVR and Emery impress during scrimmages

It may not have been a real game, but it was the closest thing so far.

The Flyers held two intra-squad scrimmages on Tuesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., one being dominated by Jeff Carter and the other Ray Emery.

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Unlikely Pyorala hopes to land with Flyers

Not many people know the name Mika Pyorala.  But they may want to learn.

On day one of Flyers’ training camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., Philadelphia coach John Stevens paired 28-year old Pyorala on a line with Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter.  With a healthy number of hopeful forwards looking to make an impression, no one expect the move to stick.  But it did.

“They are very offensive guys that get a lot of points,” said Pyorala (PURE-ella), who will likely be matched up with the same line in the team’s first preseason game Wednesday in Detroit.  “I know if I am going to play with them I have to try to balance the lines because I’m a defensive player.”

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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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Stevens will tweak line combos, but keep power play scheme

VOORHEES — With all but one forward roster spot filled for the 2009-10 season,  the biggest question for the Flyers  becomes … who is with who?

“I like the combination of forwards we have now,” said defenseman Kimmo Timonen. “We have three really good lines and we have a ton of guys who are competing for a spot on the team.  And that’s a good situation to have going into training camp.”

The Flyers open training camp on Sept. 13 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. And although the team is primarily keeping the same line chemistry as last season, there will be some changes.

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