Flyers Make More Cuts, Roster Down to 27

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

More roster cuts were expected following Monday night’s loss in Boston. The Flyers cancelled practice on Tuesday and GM Chuck Fletcher announced seven additional roster cuts that bring the roster to 27 with just two games remaining in the preseason and two days left until the team heads to Europe.

Three players were sent to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms: forwards German Rubtsov and Mikhail Vorobyev and defenseman Mark Friedman. Four others were placed on waivers for purpose of loaning to Lehigh Valley: forwards Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Andy Andreoff and Kurtis Gabriel and defenseman Chris Bigras.

This leaves 16 forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies on the Flyers roster, a total of 27 players.

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Flyers-Bruins: Preseason Game 5 Preview

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

After claiming their first win of the preseason in the final home game, the Flyers hit the road for the first of two more games in the states before heading to Europe ahead of the start of the 2019-20 season.

The first of those two games is on Monday night, as the Flyers face the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m.

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Flyers Defeat Rangers for 1st Win of Preseason

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

In the first three games of the preseason, things just didn't click for the Flyers. It led to a change. Veterans were going to get into more games.

A veteran-heavy lineup delivered an expected result against the New York Rangers on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Center, getting a 4-1 win for the Flyers' first win of the preseason.

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Flyers-Rangers: Preseason Game 4 Preview

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers made a change in plans with Alain Vigneault announcing that veterans would see more playing time in the preseason. So the roster was cut to 36 players -- including injuries -- leaving only a select group of players off the ice for the remaining preseason games.

Saturday marks the final time the Flyers will take the ice at Wells Fargo Center before the home opener in Philadelphia on Oct. 9. Once again, there will definitely be a lot of veterans in the lineup. Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers Announce 18 Cuts, Roster Down to 36

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The results in the preseason don’t matter. So despite the Flyers 0-2-1 start, that’s not the reason for the drastic change of plans made by head coach Alain Vigneault.

Vigneault rans lines for two groups on Friday as in every day before, but after practice, announced that the lines that were seen on Friday would not be the game group for Saturday.

"Usually, I give the veteran players three of the six or seven games that we play. I feel at this time that our players, veteran players, need more games than I originally planned,” Vigneault said. “So I'm going from three that I planned to four, and some might even get five out of the seven.

"This group has been off for a while. In my mind, it just needs a little bit more preparation. And there's nothing better than game situations where, you know, games are on the line. We'll accelerate the process.”

With that in mind, the Flyers announced the next round of cuts on Friday. In total, 18 players were cut, leaving 36 players remaining on the camp roster.

Five players were placed on waivers for purpose of reporting to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms -- forward Kyle Criscuolo and defensemen Tyler Wotherspoon, Nate Prosser, TJ Brennan and Reece Willcox. In addition, 13 players were assigned to Lehigh Valley. Isaac Ratcliffe headlines the group that will head to Phantoms camp starting next week. The 13 players are as follows:

  • Felix Sandstrom G
  • Cal O’Reilly C
  • Greg Carey LW
  • Maksim Sushko RW
  • Kirill Ustimenko G
  • Gerry Fitzgerald C
  • David Drake D
  • David Kase C
  • Pascal Laberge RW
  • Isaac Ratcliffe LW
  • Matthew Strome LW
  • Rob Michel D
  • Josh Couturier D

Vigneault said that cuts that were originally planned for Monday will now happen in the next 24 hours. By Saturday’s game, there will be 18 forwards -- enough for six full lines -- 10 defensemen and three goalies left in camp, a total of 31 players not including injured players like Nolan Patrick and Tyler Pitlick. Vigneault added that it narrows the group down to players who legitimately have a shot at making the final roster and moves everyone into one practice group. The cuts made on Friday have the Flyers down to 36 overall on the roster, but with injured players a total of 32. 

There are two confirmed participants in Saturday’s game. Carter Hart is getting the start in goal and will play two periods. Travis Konecny is also going to make his preseason debut on Saturday. The rest of the lineup is to be determined, but will be known by Saturday morning’s skate.

The decision followed a rather sloppy performance for a veteran-heavy lineup against the Bruins on Thursday, a 3-1 loss. It was the preseason debut for Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Ivan Provorov and Matt Niskanen.

The Flyers will get back on the ice on Saturday night to face the New York Rangers at 7 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center.


Bruins Get Best of Flyers in Another Preseason Loss

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The preseason is certainly a process of making adjustments and shaking off the rust. It looked like there was plenty of both from the Flyers in their third preseason game.

With several veteran players making their preseason debut, the Flyers struggled to capture momentum, while the Bruins kept the foot on the gas all night. It helped the Bruins leave with a 3-1 win over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night.

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Flyers-Islanders: Preseason Game 2 Preview

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

Following Monday's preseason opener, a 3-1 loss to the Islanders, the Flyers will get right back on the ice for another preseason tilt on Tuesday.

This time, a largely new group of players heads to Long Island to face the Islanders again. Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Flyers-Islanders Observations: Teachable Moments for Flyers

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

There were certainly some blemishes in the Flyers first game of the preseason, a 3-1 loss to the Islanders on Monday night. They gave up the first goal early in the game. They struggled to generate chances on the power play, getting two first-period opportunities and two late third-period opportunities. They allowed the Islanders to have four power plays, including a 1:55 5-on-3.

It’s all part of the growing pains that are expected at this time of year. Remember, it’s the preseason.

After three solid skates at practice, the Flyers did appear to put some of that work into action, but for Alain Vigneault, there was more of an opportunity to learn and grow from this first game experience.

“I have got quite a few teachable moments from this game,” Vigneault said. “I really like that our second. I thought we played a better tempo, a better North-South type of game. We made their defense turn a little bit more and used our size down low. In exhibition, you’re going to get some of this where the execution is a little off. It’s quite normal. It’s the first game. Players have to get their timing. Players have to get their execution.”

Here are a few observations from the Flyers preseason-opening loss to the Islanders.

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Islanders Outlast Flyers in Preseason Opener

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The first preseason game is not usually pretty, and by the scoreboard, it wasn't a pretty night for the Flyers. There were miscues and execution errors that led to some opportunities and ultimately a preseason opener defeat.

The Islanders got a goal early in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and went on to win Monday's preseason opener, 3-1, at Wells Fargo Center.

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Flyers Training Camp Update: Let the Games Begin

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

After three vigorous days of training camp practices on the ice, it’s time for the preseason games to begin. The first group of the day was the same lineup that will play in the Flyers preseason opener on Monday.

The lines from practice were as follows:

James van Riemsdyk-Kevin Hayes-Jake Voracek
Isaac Ratcliffe-Morgan Frost-Joel Farabee
Oskar Lindblom-German Rubtsov-Chris Stewart
Maksim Sushko-Mikhail Vorobyev-Kyle Criscuolo

Shayne Gostisbehere-Justin Braun
Sam Morin-Andy Welinski
Egor Zamula-Phil Myers
Chris Bigras-Mason Millman

For the defensive pairings, it sounded like Egor Zamula and Mason Millman were going to be the two scratches, which would bring Chris Bigras and Phil Myers together on a pairing.

Alain Vigneault said that Brian Elliott will get the start in goal and Alex Lyon will serve as the backup. They will switch goalies halfway through the game.

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