The Flyers have recalled 23-year old Phantoms’ defenseman Danny Syvret to replace injured defenseman Randy Jones. Jones tweaked his hip/groin in the second period against the New York Rangers on Sunday.
“It is still pretty tender today. I’m still getting treatment, but it is still pretty sore,” said Jones. “I am getting, by but it’s not like it’s life or death, that’s for sure.”
Syvret has been a warrior for the Phantoms this season, scoring 11 goals and 37 assists in 65 games. He is ranked second in the AHL in points for a defenseman. Syvret played 16 games with the Edmonton Oilers in 2006-07. He tallied just one assist during that time.
Syvret came to Philadelphia in a trade for center Ryan Potulny in early 2008. Seen as a project, the defenseman began to flurish in Philadelphia under the coaching of John Paddock. And for all his hard work and production, the Flyers are rewarding him with a shot. He will wear number 26.
With five seconds remaining in the second period of Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers, Flyers’ defenseman Braydon Coburn took a punch at the head Rangers’ forward Nik Antropov, sending him sprawling on the ice clutching his face in his hands. What appeared to be just a punch to the head behind the play, turned into a five minute major and matching game misconduct because Coburn was still clutching his stick at the time, making the play look like an intent to injure.
“I just watched it and I’m not sure it was even a penalty,” said Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren. “I’m not sure if the G.M. meetings influenced the call. But any time we come out of meetings like that, there’s usually some kind of effect.”
After thoroughly dismantling the Rangers, 4-2, in Philadelphia on Saturday, the Flyers let a golden opportunity slip away to further secure the fourth seed in the playoffs, as they dropped the second half of the home-and-home with New York, 4-1, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.