Flyers' roster will change before opener

Flyers' roster will change before opener

Kimmo Timonen talks about starting the season off right

September 30, 2013, 6:15 pm
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Players approve new rule

TORONTO -- A rule change involving icing the puck will be in effect for the start of the NHL regular season after it was approved by the players.

The NHLPA gave the go-ahead for the rule change that makes icing a race to an imaginary line across the faceoff dots instead of the puck, which was given a trial run during the preseason.

Previously, a player had to actually touch the puck after it crossed the red goal line. Icing is called when a team, in an effort to reduce pressure in its own zone, dumps the puck down the ice. When icing is called, play is brought back to the offending team's zone for a faceoff.

The rule change is to prevent serious injuries, such as the one that sidelined Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen for the entire season (see full story).

- The Associated Press

The roster the Flyers turned into the NHL Central Registry Monday afternoon isn’t the roster they will open the season with on Wednesday against Toronto.
 
For now … the Flyers have assigned Adam Hall and Bruno Gervais to the Phantoms. They cleared waivers on Sunday.
 
General manager Paul Holmgren said the club’s roster has 21 players: two goalies, 12 forwards (including Scott Laughton) and seven defenseman, in this case, Erik Gustafsson being No. 7.
 
Fellow defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon is listed as injured, non-roster.

Here is the roster, as of now:

Forwards
Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Scott Laughton, Vincent Lecavalier, Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo, Jay Rosehill, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Max Talbot, Jakub Voracek
 
Defensemen
Braydon Coburn, Erik Gustafsson, Nicklas Grossmann, Andrej Meszaros, Luke Schenn, Mark Streit, Kimmo Timonen
 
Goaltenders
Ray Emery, Steve Mason

Later this evening, the Flyers will place Chris Pronger on long-term injury (LTIR) which will given them enough salary cap room to move Hall back onto the roster on Tuesday. Holmgren said Hall would come back.
 
Pronger’s cap hit is $4.9 million.
 
The LTIR move would also allow the Flyers to offer Hal Gill a contract as the club’s eighth defenseman. If Gill’s number is reasonable, that shouldn’t be a problem.
 
“He said we would talk,” Gill said.
 
Said Holmgren: “There is nothing really there at this point.”
 
Holmgren was to speak with Gill later Monday. His tryout expires at midnight Monday but can be extended.
 
"Once we file Chris on long-term, we have more flexibility with our cap,” Holmgren said.
 
You could sign Gill, too?
 
“Theoretically,” Holmgren replied. “I like the way Hal played in training camp. He is a consummate professional and knows how to play the game.”    
 
By Wednesday, Holmgren said he wants to have at least 22 bodies on the roster. The limit is 23.

Right now, he said the Flyers are $25,000 under the $64.3 million salary cap.
 
As for Laughton, Holmgren said it was “too soon” to fully commit to keeping Laughton here a full season. In other words, a final decision on Laughton will be made after nine games are played.
 
“He’s a 19-year-old kid and we want to make sure we do the right thing,” Holmgren said. “For us, obviously, but also for him.”

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