Flyers must decide on Laughton this weekend

Flyers must decide on Laughton this weekend

January 23, 2013, 11:00 am

NEWARK, N.J. -- The day of determination for Flyers rookie Scott Laughton is almost upon him.

Saturday will be the club’s fifth game, in Florida against the Panthers. After that game, general manager Paul Holmgren has to decide whether the 18-year-old stays on the roster or goes back to Oshawa, his junior club.

If Laughton sticks around until Sunday’s game in Tampa Bay, it’s too late. The Flyers will have burned a year on his entry-level deal, even if they opt to send him back sometime later.

Laughton has no points in three games but is a healthy body who seems to handle himself fine on the ice.

Right now, the Flyers are in need of healthy bodies, especially at center, where Danny Briere remains sidelined recovering from a hairline fracture in his left wrist.
 
What to do?

“I have no clue,” Holmgren said on Tuesday night before the Flyers' 3-0 loss to the Devils. “We'll see. He's played good. We'll continue to see how he does. It's not like we're waiting and hoping he fails.
 
“He's continued to play well and do little things that seem to be beyond his years. We don't need to make any decisions today."

Would it matter burning a year on his contract?
 
“No, I think about the Flyers, that’s all,” Holmgren replied.
 
The Flyers used 11 rookies last season. Their experiences with six who played regularly likely has them thinking Laughton stays.
 
Sources continue to say that unless something changes in how Laughton is adapting, he will remain with the team.
 
“Lavy likes playing young guys,” Holmgren said. “I think it's becoming more of a young man's game. And at the end of the day, if they look like they can help the Philadelphia Flyers, that's good.”
 
Laughton’s cap hit is $1.137 million.
 
As for the 50-contract rule, the Flyers have 49 contracts.

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