When the Philadelphia Flyers started camp, 71-players were vying for 23-spots on the opening night roster.
After their preseason schedule concluded last, the Flyers began to construct their roster with their first big round of cuts. Cutting 10-players today.
J.R. Avon was released from camp and sent back to the Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League.
Three-players were placed on waivers. Adam Brooks, Max Willman, & Louie Belpedio were all placed on waivers for the purpose of being sent to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Six-players were sent to the minors. Tyson Foerster, Olle Lycksell, Adam Ginning, Adam Karashik, Pat Nagle, & Cam York were sent to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The biggest shock to most is Cam York who was penciled in as the Flyers 3rd left-hand defenseman at the start of camp.
But, after a shaky training camp & preseason, York now finds himself in minor league camp.
“You can be OK, or you can be really good,” Tortorella said before the Flyers final preseason game. “That’s when you make a difference. Being really good is making a difference. Those are the things we have to go through the process with him and we didn’t expect this to happen overnight.”
When talking about York being cut, Tortorella added “I’m not trying to change his personality. We’re trying to change his personality on the ice. Mental toughness isn’t about fighting and hitting. This is tough for him. We were all honest with him.”
Roster Spots Still Open
With the Philadelphia Flyers roster now sitting at 34-players, the opening night lineup will start to come to fruition.
But, with the Flyers still trying to get healthy, many of those roster spots are still to be decided.
“It’s a week of trying to figure out, hopefully, health,” Tortorella said after the Flyers final preseason game. “It’s hard for us to really figure out where we sit with our lines and our back end until we get some guys back.”
Tortorella added “I have an idea of how we want to play. I hope we have guys that are willing to play that way, try to piece together the lines and pairs, and go forth that way in the next week.”
After the Flyers made their first big round of cuts on Wednesday, Tortorella added some more insight.
“There’s no locks in half the team,” Tortorella said when discussing the roster. “Nothing’s for free. It’s about accountability. It’s still very fluid with our lineup and our minor league team.”
The Flyers open their regular season next Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center vs the New Jersey Devils.
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