It won’t be until tomorrow, when general manager Paul Holmgren will be available to the media, that the specific offers made by the Flyers to their restricted free agents will come to light. But according to an e-mail Holmgren sent out on Monday, no one was left out.
“Qualifying offers to all of our RFA’s were sent out some time ago,” Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com.
The Flyers have announced the second round of offseason surgeries on Monday, this time starring Dan Carcillo and Ville Leino. The two forwards will accompany the previously announced Blair Betts and Johan Backlund on the operating table. None of the injuries are deemed serious and all should be ready to go for pre-training camp activity.
The whispers of the re-worked Flyers lineup have finally been confirmed — forward Dan Carcillo will enter the lineup for James Van Riemsdyk and defenseman Oskars Bartulis will play for Ryan Parent. Michael Leighton will start in goal.
“You battle all year with these guys and you want to be in at this time of year,”Carcillo told the media on Monday. “It was hard sitting out those three games. I’ve got a lot of pent-up energy you’ll probably see released tonight.”
It has been confirmed that Chicago forward Andrew Ladd will miss game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals due to an upper body injury suffered at the end of the Wester Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks.
“Laddy is not playing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told the media. “We do expect him to play (in the series). He’s progressing well but Kopy (Tomas Kopecky) is in tonight.”
With Montreal forward Tom Pyatt out with what is deemed as an upper body injury suffered in the third period of game 4, the Canadiens are expected to activate Mathieu Darche for the Eastern Conference Finals game 5 in Philadelphia. Other than that, the Habs are putting out the same lineup.
For Philly, forwards Dan Carcillo and Andreas Nodl will be scratched against as Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter will play in their second consecutive game since returning from injury.
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Overcoming the loss of Simon Gagne’s defensive swagger, Jeff Carter’s team-leading scoring streaks and Ian Laperriere’s effort, won’t be easy when the Flyers take on the sixth-seed Boston Bruins in a second-round match up set to begin on Saturday in Bean Town.
But with some line changes and the insertion of certain black aces, the Flyers can only hope to manage the drop off as best they can.