Flyers undecided on roster as deadline looms

Flyers undecided on roster as deadline looms
September 29, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Paul Holmgren has until 5 p.m. on Monday to submit the Flyers' roster. (AP)

Sunday came and went with the Flyers still undecided about their roster and still over the NHL salary cap.
 
General manager Paul Holmgren said he hasn’t figured out just yet what becomes of Adam Hall and Bruno Gervais now that they cleared waivers.
 
“Without giving away any details, secrets, we’ll know [on Monday],” Holmgren said. “Nothing needs to be finalized from our standpoint till 5 p.m. tomorrow.
 
“That’s when I’ll make everyone aware of what we’re doing. I’m not trying to be secretive, but we’re still juggling things. I’m trying to decide what’s best.”
 
A decision on Hal Gill (tryout) is also pending on Monday.
 
The season begins Wednesday for the Flyers when the Toronto Maple Leafs -- minus David Clarkson (10-game suspension) -- visit the Wells Fargo Center.
 
The Flyers have been trying to orchestrate a trade to lose significant salary cap dollars on defense but so far have not succeeded.
 
“We’ll figure out a way to be cap compliant,” Holmgren said. “That’s part of the job. You talk all the time with other teams. I don’t foresee doing anything that way [trade].”
 
He said the club will likely carry either 13 or 14 forwards. If it’s 13, they will carry eight defensemen.
 
Regardless of how it breaks down between forwards and defense, the Flyers will still carry the maximum 23 players.
 
Voracek update
Right winger Jakub Voracek, who is believed to have a bruised lower back, began practice Sunday but did not finish.
 
Holmgren said that was by design.
 
“That was the plan going in,” he said. “I believe he was out there 35-40 minutes then take him off the ice and hold him back a little bit. He’s doing fine. I have no doubt in saying he will be a player on Wednesday.”