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Flyers Camp: Who will replace Ville Leino?

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 2:50 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / Super Saturday

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Flyers Camp: Who will replace Ville Leino?
VOORHEES, N.J. -- Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is making no promises. In other words, just because Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell have played together the last two season, doesn't necessarily mean they'll be together to start the 2011-12 campaign.

Briere and Hartnell had much success on a line with Ville Leino the past two seasons in Philadelphia. Leino signed with the Buffalo Sabres in the offseason, however, leaving a hole on one of the team's most prolific units. Laviolette was asked who has the best shot at replacing Leino.

"I wouldn't assume that Briere and Hartnell will be together to open the season and I truly believe that everything is open and Hartnell may be a fit with somebody else," Laviolette said following the opening day of training camp Saturday. "I think Paul Holmgren said it best to the players, nobody should really assume anything. It's wide open with regard to what we're looking at and that's why to ask about one person (Jakub Voracek) being with two guys who have been together … it's going to shake up.

"We're going to take a look at different options and see what we see out here."

Briere and Hartnell actually opened the first day of camp on a line with offseason acquisition Voracek.
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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp