Not even 24 hours after finishing off their preseason schedule, the Philadelphia Flyers announced additional roster moves to trim the amount of players as they head to Boston to take on the Bruins on Oct. 8.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that the club has loaned defenseman Sam Morin to his junior team, Rimouski Oceanic, of the QMJHL this morning.
Morin impressed the coaching staff and management throughout rookie and main camp.
“I thought Sam played really well,” said Flyers head coach Craig Berube. “As close to cracking the line-up as you can I think, but for his development and the player that we think he’s going to become and that he thinks he’s going to become… going back to juniors is the best thing for him.”
The 6’7’’, 210-pound prospect played in five out of a possible seven games in the preseason, going scoreless but averaging close to 20 minutes of ice time per game, including over 21 minutes in three of those contests.
“We had a lot of conversations about him throughout training camp… he opened some eyes,” said Hextall. “In the end we felt it was the right thing to do and we’re extremely excited about Sam. The kid had a great attitude, I probably sat with him for about a half hour.”
In his discussion with Hextall this morning, Morin took the news well and even asked if he could be back to Rimouski in time for their game vs. Shawinigan in the evening.
THREE TO THE PHANTOMS
The team also placed goaltender Rob Zepp, forward Chris VandeVelde and left wing Jay Rosehill on waivers today for the purpose of loaning them to Lehigh Valley of the AHL.
Zepp posted a 2.02 goals-against average and an impressive .947 save percentage in three preseason appearances, going 1-1-0, and allowing just four goals on 75 shots he faced.
VandeVelde took the ice for four preseason games, going scoreless and firing seven shots on net. He appeared in 18 games for the Flyers last season and signed a one-year contract with the team on July 4.
Rosehill appeared in two games this preseason, also going scoreless. He scored two goals in 34 games last season with the Flyers.
The Phantoms kick off their 2014-15 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before returning home to take on the Adirondack Flames at the brand new PPL Center on Oct. 17
TIME TO BOND
The Flyers departed Philadelphia earlier this afternoon to prepare for their opening night game in Boston on Oct. 8.
Why so early?
To take in a little paintball and deep sea fishing. The club will spend several days in Cape Cod for their annual team bonding trip.
“I did it [paintball] while I was in Columbus, so Jake [Voracek] and RJ are familiar with it too,” said Steve Mason. “Jake doesn’t have too many good memories. He was late arriving so everyone turned around and ambushed him and he had quite a few welts on his body, so I don’t know if he’s looking forward to it right now.”
Last season the Flyers took in Lake Placid, NY, while past seasons have seen them go to West Point, Annapolis and even Pinehurst, NC.
“You got some new guys on the team every year, and it’s a good way of getting close to each other,” said Berube. “I think it’s a good way to start the new season. Getting together, talking about things and expectations. I think having the team together like that, by itself, is a good thing.”
“Every year it’s exciting. Even if you know everybody already, it’s just exciting to do something together,” said Voracek. “I love those parts of trips because you have so many laughs and such a good time, and you can only do it once a year.”