Jay Rosehill aims to fill 'gaps' in Flyers' lineup

Jay Rosehill aims to fill 'gaps' in Flyers' lineup

April 2, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The last time the Flyers had a legitimate NHL heavyweight in their lineup, someone who had to fight, was Feb. 2 when Tommy Sestito took on Carolina’s Jay Harrison.
 
The next time this happens could be Thursday night in Toronto. That’s when ex-Maple Leafs enforcer Jay Rosehill, who joined the Flyers late Monday from Anaheim, is expected to be in the lineup at Air Canada Centre.
 
“It’ll be different and it’ll be exciting and there will be some familiar faces on the other side of the room there,” Rosehill said on Tuesday, after his first Flyers practice at Skate Zone. “It will be exciting to get back to that city and play in that barn again. Hopefully, that happens.”
 
Coach Peter Laviolette likely doesn’t need the 27-year-old Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center against Montreal as the Flyers try to do achieve something they haven’t done all season – win three games in succession.
 
The 6-foot-3, 216-pound Rosehill replaces Jody Shelley as the only enforcer on the Flyers' roster. Shelley is recovering from hip surgery. Sestito was waived last month and claimed by Vancouver.
 
It's a little unusual to look at a Flyers roster without a true heavyweight, no?
 
Unless you consider Jakub Voracek that, as he stood up for Claude Giroux in taking on Washington’s Steve Oleksy during Sunday’s 5-4 Flyer overtime win.
 
“It’s a little different,” Rosehill said. “I think they got a lot of guys on this team that are playing right now who are tough and can handle things. I know they like to have a few guys out there who can do that thing. That’s kind of always been their tradition here. I’m happy to be here and be one of those guys.”
 
If you’re wondering, Scott Hartnell has two fights and Wayne Simmonds five this season. Zac Rinaldo, who is not a heavyweight by any means, has four fights.
 
“It’s a good opportunity for me,” Rosehill said. “I’ve played against this team and organization for a long time. I know their style and it’s good to be in their jersey now. Hopefully, I get a chance to get in there play their style of hockey.”
 
Rosehill said that general manager Paul Holmgren told him there were “gaps” that needed to be filled on the organizational depth chart.
 
“They’re excited to have me, and hopefully, I fill the gap,” Rosehill said.
 
Though Rosehill played two seasons on defense when he came into the league, he’s been a winger since.
 
“I am definitely most comfortable on the left side there,” Rosehill said.
 
Laviolette seemed happy to have him.
 
“When you can add a big body and somebody who brings that physical presence it’s always a nice addition to the club,” he said. “We’ll miss Harry [Zolnierczyk]. Harry was a good solider here. He brought a lot of energy and positive attitude to our lineup whenever he was up here. There’s an upgrade in the size department between [Rosehill] and Harry.”
 
Waived
The Flyers placed defenseman Kurtis Foster on waivers on Tuesday.
 
Foster was informed of the decision after coming off the ice from practice and had no comment.
 
It appears that defenseman Nick Grossmann is close to returning. Grossmann has an undisclosed upper-body injury and practiced with the team on Tuesday wearing the usual “no-contact” banana yellow jersey.
 
Foster played just 17 games for the Flyers with five points (one goal) and was minus-2. He sat 12 consecutive games between February 16 and March 10.