Philadelphia Flyers Move 6 Players: Who's Playing on NHL's Opening Night?
The Flyers placed three players on waivers: Blair Betts, Matt Walker and Oskars Bartulis.
The team also loaned three players to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms: Brayden Schenn, Erik Gustafsson and Harry Zolnierczyk.
The players join other preseason participants who are no longer on the NHL roster, including Michael Leighton, Mike Testwuide, Eric Wellwood, Ben Holmstrom and Tom Sestito.
What should also be noted is that Sean Couturier, Matt Read and Zac Rinaldo are staying on the roster.
Couturier played in six preseason games, scoring one goal with five assists. For a 19-year-old drafted just four months ago, Couturier's performance has been surprising.
Read also played in six games, scoring two goals with five assists.
Rinaldo scored just one goal with fourth-line playing time, averaging roughly eight minutes per game.
Both Read and Rinaldo have shown impressive speed. Read's speed translates into offensive opportunities, whereas Rinaldo successfully turns it into physical play.
Rinaldo is a perfect fourth-line player for the Flyers.
The forechecking system coach Peter Laviolette used last season was powered by Betts, Jody Shelley, Darroll Powe and Dan Carcillo. With Betts, Powe and Carcillo no longer with the team and Shelley serving a suspension, that fourth line is entirely in question.
On Thursday October 6, the Flyers will play their season opener against the Boston Bruins.
With the recent roster movements made, including Shelley's suspension (which will last for the first five games of the regular season), this is a possible lineup the Flyers have for Thursday night's game:
|James van Riemsdyk||Claude Giroux||Jaromir Jagr|
|Scott Hartnell||Danny Briere||Jake Voracek|
|Andreas Nodl||Sean Couturier||Wayne Simmonds|
|Zac Rinaldo||Max Talbot||Matt Read|
|Matt Carle||Chris Pronger|
|Kimmo Timonen||Braydon Coburn|
|Andrej Meszaros||Andreas Lilja/Matt Walker
Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky will be the goaltenders.
Certain issues persist for the skaters.
The first two lines are as close to a lock as possible. The bottom forward lines present problems.
Couturier, Talbot and Rinaldo all played the center position during preseason. Simmonds and Read both played right wing.
With Shelley suspended, Walker will likely play in order to give the Flyers a capable heavyweight enforcer. Boston is a physical team that was second in fighting majors last season.
The Philadelphia Flyers roster finally appears ready to go for the 2011-2012 NHL season.
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