Flyers demote McGinn; Hartnell expected back

Flyers demote McGinn; Hartnell expected back

Despite win, the Flyers still aren't pleased with their offense

October 25, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Tye McGinn leads the Flyers with three goals -- and he's on his way back to Adirondack. (USA Today Images)

This has to be a first in the Paul Holmgren era as a general manager. The Flyers' leading scorer was sent back to the minors on Friday morning.

Yep, Tye McGinn, who immediately distinguished himself by scoring three goals in his first two games as a call-up from Adirondack on Oct. 12, was dispatched to the AHL.

The move means Scott Hartnell will be returning to the lineup Saturday night in Uniondale, N.Y., against the Islanders.

“Obviously Tye’s played pretty well,” Holmgren said. “It’s just a question of continuity and the anticipation of Scott getting back in the lineup possibly as soon as tomorrow.

“We needed to create a roster spot. It was a decision to go with the guys that are here and keep Tye playing. It’s a tough decision because of how he’s played. Michael played well. It came down to more of a comfortable feeling with the coaches.”

That McGinn’s three goals remain a team high tells a sad tale of just how goal-starved and offensively inept the Flyers continue to be. He had a goal in Detroit during a 5-2 loss to the Red Wings and tallied two at home against Vancouver during a loss three nights later.

Since scoring those goals, however, McGinn has no points and no shots in two games. So like a burning ember, he quickly cooled off.

And that’s why McGinn was sent down. Viewed from that perspective, it’s understandable.

And while Michael Raffl has no points at all in four games, he is giving the Flyers more in one-on-one battles, hitting and competitiveness.

“It’s never easy,” coach Craig Berube said. “It’s not like he played bad. He was competitive. He scored three goals for us. He’s just got to learn to be a little bit more consistent – especially when you’re trying to crack it all the time. He’s got to be hard on pucks and be a consistent player all the time.”

Raffl was promoted to the top line with Claude Giroux and Vinny Lecavalier this week. 

“Yeah, I think what you have to do, stay positive here, that’s what they said to me, keep working hard,” Raffl said this week. “You’ll get a chance. I was doing that. Keep a positive mind, work hard, and it paid off.’’

Flyers coach Craig Berube likes the way Raffl plays and hopes his competitiveness has a trickle-down effect on the rest of the club.

“I think he’s got size and skill and can skate,” Berube said. “He looks good to me out there. I think he’s only gonna get better. It’s gonna be up to him to be a consistent player night in and night out to do all the little things right.

“That’s what players like him, young guys, have to be consistent in all the little things, all the details of the game.”

Hartnell is expected to replace McGinn on Brayden Schenn’s line with Jakub Voracek.

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