Why the Flyers Traded Harry Z for Jay Rosehill

Why the Flyers Traded Harry Z for Jay Rosehill

While the Flyers are still believed to be exploring a trade
for San Jose’s Ryan Clowe,
Paul Holmgren has already pulled off one notable
move before the deadline, sending Harry Zolnierczyk to Anaheim in exchange for
Jay Rosehill. At first the move seemed like a bit of a head-scratcher, but
there was most certainly a method to the madness.

Since Jake Voracek’s fighting career is likely over – at
least for the rest of this season – the Flyers needed a tough guy to prevent
opposing players from bludgeoning Claude Giroux, or any of their players
really. Specifically they needed a “legitimate NHL heavyweight” as Tim Panaccio
puts it.

Or in other words, an enforcer.

The 6-foot-3, 216-pound Rosehill
replaces Jody Shelley as the only enforcer on the Flyers' roster. Shelley is
recovering from hip surgery. Sestito was waived last month and claimed by

It's a little unusual to look at a
Flyers roster without a true heavyweight, no?

Unless you consider Jakub Voracek
that, as he stood up for Claude Giroux in taking on Washington’s Steve Oleksy
during Sunday’s 5-4 Flyer overtime win.

“It’s a little different,” Rosehill
said. “I think they got a lot of guys on this team that are playing right now
who are tough and can handle things. I know they like to have a few guys out
there who can do that thing. That’s kind of always been their tradition here.
I’m happy to be here and be one of those guys.”

Sure, toughs like Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, and Zac
Rinaldo are always willing to drop the gloves, but then that’s taking those
guys off the ice sometimes in situations where the Flyers might not want to. In
that sense Rosehill is a bit more expendable, nor do any of those other players
have quite as imposing of a presence. Don’t let the name fool you.

Harry Z was a nice try-hard with some upside, but
ultimately proved to be expendable as well.

Rosehill’s first game in Orange & Black is expected to
be on Thursday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the only team he’s played for
at the NHL level. Maybe he’d like to get reacquainted with one or two old

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Flyers recall forward Taylor Leier from Lehigh Valley

Flyers recall forward Taylor Leier from Lehigh Valley

The Flyers on Tuesday made an unexpected roster move as they have recalled forward Taylor Leier from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, general manager Ron Hextall announced. The 22-year-old will be available for Tuesday night's game against the visiting Buffalo Sabres (see game notes).

Now the question is why the call-up?

There were no reports of injuries following Monday's 3-1 loss to the Canadiens. But knowing the secretive nature of hockey injuries, it's possible a Flyer was indeed nicked up in Montreal.

It's also entirely possible that the upper-body injury to Michael Raffl, who hasn't played in a week's time since leaving the 7-4 loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago, is more serious than originally thought and needs more time to heal. The Flyers could place Raffl on long-term injury reserve retroactive to last Tuesday. That would free up a roster spot and make room for Leier.

This will not be Leier's first stint with the Flyers. Along with Shayne Gostisbehere, he was called up last November and made his debut in a Nov. 14 win in Carolina. He played six games in the NHL before he was sent back down to Lehigh Valley for the rest of season. He did not record a point with the Flyers last season and averaged 7:43 of ice time a night.

In three games with the Phantoms this season, the 2012 fourth-round draft pick of the Flyers has three assists. He scored 20 goals for the Phantoms last season, including a team-high 10 power-play goals.

Leier will wear No. 58 for the Flyers. It remains to be seen if he will crack Tuesday's lineup.

Sixers still deciding who will start opener, how long Jahlil Okafor will play

Sixers still deciding who will start opener, how long Jahlil Okafor will play

CAMDEN, N.J. — Brett Brown doesn’t have many options at his disposal for opening night against the Thunder, but a day before the Sixers' regular-season tip-off, he still is considering how to utilize his shorthanded roster.

What Brown is sure of is Joel Embiid is will be capped at 20 minutes in five four-minute segments. Embiid, coming off two years of foot injuries, began the preseason playing 12.

The Sixers have not locked in a minutes restriction on Jahlil Okafor. The second-year big man aggravated his right knee during training camp, and played eight minutes in his first preseason game last Friday.

“You’ll intermittently sub that and Richaun Holmes will make up the rest,” Brown said after practice Tuesday. “The five-spot is locked in with those three, and I feel like tomorrow we’ll be able to better figure out how many four-minute sections does Jahlil actually get.”

Brown started Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Embiid in the final two preseason games. On Tuesday he did not announce a starting five, specifically a point guard. That role is between Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell because of the injury to Jerryd Bayless (wrist). 

“Still considering a lot,” Brown said of the one-spot. “Not prepared right now to say one thing or another.”

Rodriguez, who has been practicing with the white squad, anticipates he will be given the nod. It will be his first regular-season game in the NBA since 2010.

“Yes, I expect, but for me that doesn’t matter,” Rodriguez said. “It’s going to be a big game for everybody. Everybody needs to be ready. We will need all we have to beat them.”

The Sixers' inactive list includes Bayless, Ben Simmons (foot) and Nerlens Noel (knee), all of whom could be starters if healthy. With so many injuries to major contributors and the implementation of segmented minutes, Brown will have to look down his bench over the course of four quarters.

“We’re going to have to go 10-deep. I bet we could even go 11-deep,” he said. “We’re in a very unusual circumstance that players can’t play multiple minutes. ... That, coupled with I think you can’t expect to have the energy and effort that we want on the floor without giving people six-minute chunks.” 

The Sixers and Thunder face off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.