Philadelphia Flyers Preseason: Morin among Cuts

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By David Strehle (@David_Strehle)

As GM Paul Holmgren said would be the case, the Philadelphia Flyers trimmed 28 players from training camp Wednesday and now have 32 players on on the roster.

Some of the more notable cuts:

  • Sam Morin — The 11th-overall selection in this past summer’s NHL draft did not look out of place in two home preseason games, in which he played well in excess of 20 minutes per game. After inking a three-year entry-level contract Tuesday, Morin mentioned via Twitter that he had been returned to his junior club, the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL. He thanked the Flyers organization, and said “great fans, great city”.
  • Tye McGinn — The 6′ 2″, 205-pound left wing was sent to the Adirondack Phantoms while Ben Holmstrom, Michael Raffl, Chris VandeVelde, and Kris Newbury remained with the big club.

It would appear that the third line left wing job is between Raffl and Scott Laughton, who also made the cut.

The following players were sent to the Adirondack Phantoms:

  • Brandon Alderson
  • Cal Heeter
  • Jason Akeson
  • Tyler Hostetter
  • Mark Alt
  • Andrew Johnston
  • Rob Bordson
  • Matt Konan
  • Tyler Brown
  • Maxim Lamarche
  • Carsen Chubak
  • Matt Mangene
  • Doug Clarkson
  • Brandon Manning
  • Nick Cousins
  • Derek Mathers
  • Steven Delisle
  • Tye McGinn
  • Cullen Eddy
  • Mark Nemec
  • Zack Fitzgerald
  • Marcel Noebels
  • Kyle Flanagan
  • Petr Straka

In addition to Morin, two forwards were returned to their junior teams; Tyrell Goulbourne to Kelowna and Taylor Leier to Portland. Forward Todd Orlando was released from his tryout contract.

Who made the cut, per Flyers’ press release:

Forwards (17)

  • Sean Couturier
  • Claude Giroux
  • Adam Hall
  • Scott Hartnell
  • Ben Holmstrom
  • Scott Laughton
  • Vincent Lecavalier
  • Kris Newbury
  • Michael Raffl
  • Matt Read
  • Zac Rinaldo
  • Jay Rosehill
  • Brayden Schenn
  • Wayne Simmonds
  • Max Talbot
  • Chris VandeVelde
  • Jakub Voracek

Defensemen (12)

  • Marc-Andre Bourdon
  • Braydon Coburn
  • Bruno Gervais
  • Hal Gill
  • Nicklas Grossmann
  • Erik Gustafsson
  • Oliver Lauridsen
  • Andrej Meszaros
  • Chris Pronger
  • Luke Schenn
  • Mark Streit
  • Kimmo Timonen

Goaltenders (3)

  • Yann Danis
  • Ray Emery
  • Steve Mason

The defensive battle is also interesting. While Pronger and Bourdon are headed to LTIR, two giants — 6′ 6″, 232-pound Oliver Lauridsen and 6′ 7″, 240-pound Hal Gill — still remain. Gill is on a PTO, and the 38-year-old defender has provided some uneven play in a pair of preseason contests. Lauridsen played well down the stretch last year and could add his physical style of play. The pair are in a battle with Bruno Gervais for the spot as the club’s seventh defender.

NHL rosters have to be at 23 players by October.

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As camp continues with some new faces still in the ranks, the remaining group leaves for the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid as part of a team-building excursion.

The players like the idea.

“I think it’s good,” said Wayne Simmonds after Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. “It’s always good to get away and spend as much time with your teammates as possible, and I think this is going to allow us to do it. Obviously, we’ve got some new guys in the dressing room. It’s going to be good for bonding, and it’s going to bring us closer together.”

Tuesday’s starting goaltender, Steve Mason, echoed Simmonds’ sentiments.

“It will be a great bonding experience,” said the netminder, a relatively new face who is beginning his first full season in Philadelphia.

Holmgren said it’s something the organization has desired to undertake for some time, but circumstances finally just fell the right way this summer.

“We’ve talked about it for a few years, it just never seemed like the right time to do it,” he said Tuesday. “This year it just worked out with what’s going on at the Skate Zone, the renovation, and the way that training camp broke.”

The reason it all fell into place was the game played Monday against the Washington Capitals was originally slated for another night.

“The game that we had [Monday] night at home was originally Thursday, but we didn’t want to go up against the Eagles, so they moved it to Monday,” the GM said, adding that it might not be a one-time occurrence. “I wouldn’t mind moving two of those games next year, to play two doubleheaders with two split squads.”

Just like the players, Holmgren also feels there are benefits to be had for his team from the bonding experience in upstate New York.

“I think it’s good,” he explained. “Peter (Laviolette) and the coaches have some interesting things planned for the players up there. They’ll not only put them through the paces on the ice, but some off-ice stuff they can do, which is very important as you prepare for an 82-game season, and hopefully playoffs.

“I think it’s going to be good for us.”

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