The fog that clouded the Flyers’ roster situation all of training camp has suddenly lifted.
In a conference call on Monday, days prior to the Flyers’ season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 7, Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren cleared the air the best he could, starting with the issues at goaltender and ending with injury updates.
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.
Veteran winger Bill Guerin is proof that if you hang around long enough you might just get a shot.
Nearly two weeks after the 39-year-old began on-ice work outs with other Philly veterans at the Virtua Flyers Skatezone in Voorhees, N.J., the Flyers have formally invited Guerin to tryout at their training camp beginning on Sept. 17.
With a number of veteran forwards still dangling precariously in unrestricted free agency, it was guaranteed that many would be invited to try out at training camps around the league.
However, few would have guessed that Bill Guerin would be among them — and that he would seek the Flyers, of all teams, for an audition.