Since Chris Pronger’s Game 6 return to the line up, the talk has been of his impact on the power play, his veteran presence and the spark he could and did provide. That’s all true and proved so in the team’s Game 7 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
But in the long-term, as the big defenseman begins to log more minutes and heal that aching right hand, Pronger’s key contribution will come in the form of pure depth for the Flyers.
“I think his presence back there is huge,” said James van Riemsdyk. “When you get a guy like him back in the lineup it’s huge.”
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The road has suddenly gotten dark for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Midway through a 6-2 embarrassment at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday at Rogers Arena, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen left the contest with what is being called a lower body injury.
The severity of the injury has not yet been disclosed. However, the it’s enough to have the Flyers contemplating recalling rear guards Danny Syvret or Erik Gustafsson from the Adirondack Phantoms.
With the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, in disarray at a league-worst 3-14-2, something needed to be done. And on Sunday, it was.
General manager Paul Holmgren pulled the trigger on a deal that sent inactive forward Patrick Maroon and forward David Laliberte to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman and former Phantom Danny Syvret and forward Rob Bordson.
As defenseman Danny Syvret gathered himself after being boarded by Dallas’ Steve Ott in the first period of the Flyers’ 6-3 win Tuesday, it was clear something was wrong. The 24-year-old slinked over and immediately headed for the trainers room.
The diagnosis was ligament damage in his shoulder, which could sideline the blue liner for a several weeks. However, coming off a knee strain, Ole-Kristien Tollefsen is vastly approaching 100-percent and will replace Syvret in the lineup. Ryan Parent remains out with a mysterious lower back problem.
Syvret has two goals and two assists in 21 games this season. The unexperienced rear guard struggled under former coach John Stevens, but has found new life in Peter Laviolette’s system. Syvret scored his first two NHL goals in Jan.
As if the Flyers’ defense wasn’t shaky enough, third-pairing defenseman Ryan Parent left Friday’s 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers with an apparent groin injury. He will miss up to 10 days and will be replaced on the active roster by Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.
Parent has suffered groin injuries in the past and has recovered fairly quickly from them.
The new third pairing of Tollefsen and Danny Syvret is a combined minus-2 and both individually have been below average. MA Bourdon will likely be called up from the Phantoms as the seventh practice defenseman. The Flyers will be at home for the next three contests.
Today was a day for the Flyers front office to re-up some of their property, inking defenseman Danny Syvret to a one-year deal, forward Zac Rinaldo to a three-year entry deal and defenseman David Sloane to a one-year AHL deal.
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.