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.
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.
With less than two weeks until the Flyers open their 2009-10 training camp, the team has announced the official roster with one curious addition.
Along with many of the regulars assumed to show up, the Flyers have added 29-year old, 6’2, 220 lbs., forward Mark Bell to a pro try-out. Not unlike what the Flyers did with Jim Dowd and Bryan Berard last season, Bell is different, simply because he actually stands a chance to make the team.