Flyers waive Gervais & Hall; loan VandeVelde

Flyers waive Gervais & Hall; loan VandeVelde
September 28, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Bruno Gervais, left, and Adam Hall, right, were both waived by the Flyers on Saturday. (AP)

Updated: 4:50 p.m.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he was going to make some roster decisions on Saturday.
He did.
Hours after sending Chris VandeVelde to the Phantoms, the Flyers placed defenseman Bruno Gervais and versatile winger Adam Hall on waivers.
No surprise at Gervais, whose days were numbered given the number of defensemen in camp and the fact his equipment wasn’t even in the dressing room earlier this week.
But Hall, who was an excellent defensive faceoff specialist -- arguably the best of the club -- and a penalty killer, not to mention offered size at center (6-foot-3), was a shock.
He had two fights Friday night in Washington, too.
While Gervais likely clears waivers, there’s a chance someone might take Hall, whose $600,000 salary cap hit is a bargain.
What these moves mean, however, is that the Flyers are making a full commitment to 19-year-old center prospect Scott Laughton.
Holmgren and Flyers coach Peter Laviolette lauded Laughton’s performance at New Jersey and Washington during the final two preseason games, even though Laughton was pretty hard on himself, saying he failed to show the club what was necessary to stick around.
Apparently, he showed the Flyers just enough.
Laughton can remain with the Flyers for nine games because of his junior eligibility and then the club has to make a decision to either keep him or return him to Oshawa. If Laughton remains, his NHL contract would kick in immediately.
Saturday’s moves clearly indicate now that he will remain with the Flyers all season.
Meanwhile, Hal Gill said on Saturday that his meeting with Holmgren will now take place on Sunday. Gill finished the preseason on a tryout contract.
Holmgren made it clear on Friday night that he would like to find a spot for the 38-year-old defenseman, but still had not solved his dilemma of too many defensemen.
The Denver Post reported the Flyers were trying to move a defenseman -- likely Andrej Meszaros -- and the Avs were reportedly offering left wing/center John Mitchell. The Avs have about $10 million in cap space so Meszaros’ $4 million salary would work for them.
Cap-wise the Flyers would pick up nearly $3 million (Mitchell’s cap hit is $1.1 million) if such a deal took place, plus, they would have money left over to offer Gill a contract as their seventh defenseman.
Whether any of this happens remains to be seen.
The salary cap
Today’s moves means the Flyers are about $600,000 and change over the salary cap. Once the club places Marc-Andre Bourdon on LTIR, they will be under the cap. For purposes of cap calculations, we have already included Laughton’s hit of $1.1 million into our figures for this story.
Loose pucks
The Flyers will practice Sunday at noon at Skate Zone in Voorhees. … For now, it appears Zac Rinaldo has escaped the wrath of Khan, err, Brendan Shanahan, and won’t be punished for his hit on Mikhail Grabovski. The hit drew a five-minute major for elbowing and a game misconduct penalty in Friday’s exhibition against the Capitals.

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