Holmgren on Flyers' recent roster moves
The good news for the Flyers is that valuable centerman Adam Hall and reserve defenseman Bruno Gervais both cleared waivers on Sunday.
They also practiced with the Flyers.
Now general manager Paul Holmgren has to decide what to do with them. Given the Flyers' salary cap issues, it’s pretty much a certainty they will be assigned to the Phantoms -- at least, temporarily.
Hall, a fourth-line center who fights, kills penalties and is an excellent defensive faceoff specialist, could come back to the Flyers once the season begins if the club irons out its cap issues.
“Coming into camp you try to have the mindset that no matter what, you are doing everything every day to impress management and coaches and teammates,” Hall said. “With that mindset, that’s what you stick to.”
Hall said he still hoping he’ll be on the roster this week.
“We’re in a competitive business and every guy in the league is the same way,” he said. “You want to prove every day you belong on the team.”
Gervais likely won’t be so lucky given the Flyers' remains overstocked with defensemen -- nine with Hal Gill.
Adding to this, Gill, who was on a tryout, is still here and practiced with the team. The Flyers would like to trade a defenseman -- very likely Andrej Meszaros given his $4 million cap hit -- then sign Gill as their seventh man.
It makes more sense to have an older, lower-salaried veteran sitting as an extra defenseman than a young player who needs ice time.
Rosters must be turned into the NHL by 5 p.m. on Monday.
Among the interesting names on waivers were ex-Flyer and current New York Ranger forward Darroll Powe and Los Angeles defenseman Jeff Schultz.