PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Wayne Simmonds #17, Chris Pronger #20, Jaromir Jagr #68 and Andrej Meszaros #41 of the Philadelphia Flyers return to the bench following Jagr's game winning goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center on September 29, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Devils 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Face Roster Decisions Prior to Wednesday's Deadline

The Flyers have to be down to 23 players by Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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Michael Leighton Clears Waivers, Assigned to Adirondack

Michael Leighton has cleared waivers again – his third time in a calendar year – and will report to the Adirondack Phantoms for the start of their season.

Leighton will join an already crowded crease in Glens Falls, as AHL veterans Jason Bacashihua and Johan Backlund have been in camp for a week already, while former seventh round draft pick Brad Phillips also remains in camp. It is yet to be seen how the Phantoms crease sorts itself out, though a popular idea has Johan Backlund being loaned to Europe.

In order to return to the Flyers, Leighton would once again have to clear re-entry waivers, where any club can claim him for half of his remaining salary ($1.6 million this season). For that price, Leighton is attractive. For $1.55 million, he’s not.


Philadelphia Flyers Waive Tom Sestito

Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Flyers placed forward Tom Sestito on waivers today, after he laid a suspension-worthy hit on Andre Deveaux last night.

After Jody Shelley was suspended for the first five regular season games, a spot opened up on the Flyers roster for at least those five games. With Sestito making that hit last night, it was clear that he’d either be suspended or sent to Adirondack. He may still be suspended, but it likely won’t matter as he’ll go to Glens Falls.

That leaves Zac Rinaldo – crazy, right? – as the only fighter to avoid suspension during the preseason. It looks like the job is his, as both of his competitors have taken themselves out of the dicussion.


Michael Nylander and Adam Mair Relased From Pro Tryouts

In a move that doesn’t surprise many, the Flyers have released veterans Michael Nylander and Adam Mair from their tryout contracts.

Despite Nylander receiving lots of attention from Philadelphia writers, it was never clear how he would fit in on a team that was set in the top-6 and had Brayden Schenn as the clear favorite to win the third line center position.

Adam Mair is a guy who received a lot less attention, mostly because it was much more obvious he would not make the team. He is a fourth line player who would have had to pass Blair Betts and Ben Holmstrom to earn a spot on the roster, let alone beating out Tom Sestito, Jody Shelley, and Zac Rinaldo. Since he was never a threat to Blair Betts – despite one thinking he was – and since he was coming off a miserable year in New Jersey, his cut is not surprising.

The Flyers training camp roster is now down to 36 as they await word on the five players they waived yesterday.


Flyers Announce Seventeen Roster Cuts

The Flyers officially released the list of players cut from their NHL training camp today. All seventeen of these players are headed to the Phantoms training camp, which begins Monday.




Dustin Leed’s report from earlier is confirmed, and he got the biggest news of the day. Wellwood and Holmstrom were the two closest to winning a job in this group, and they are going to the AHL.

These cuts leave Sean Couturier, Michael Nylander, Adam Mair, Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo, Andrew Rowe, Tom Sestito, and Harry Zolnierczyk still battling for a couple of spots up front. Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Manning, and Matt Walker remain on defense, while Michael Leighton remains in goal.

The team still has 38 players in camp, but five have already been placed on waivers, presumably on their way to the Phantoms. That leaves at least ten more cuts before opening day.


Flyers Make More Roster Cuts, Place Five on Waivers

On Saturday, the Flyers announced another wave of roster cuts, including the placing of a few AHL veterans on waivers.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Flyers placed forwards Stefan Legein and Jon Kalinski, defenseman Dan Jancevski, and goaltenders Johan Backlund and Jason Bacashihua on waivers. Most, if not all, should clear waivers and report to Adirondack. Backlund, however, may be loaned to Europe in order to prevent the Phantoms from having three goaltenders. That is pure speculation, but with the logjam of netminders in Glens Falls, someone is likely to go.

Also, Dustin Leed of The Hockey Guys is also reporting that the Flyers have sent forwards Eric Wellwood and Ben Holmstrom down to the Phantoms. Both Holmstrom and Wellwood are the first players cut that had a legitimate chance of making the team this year, even if both were long shots.

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