VOORHEES, N.J. – The Flyers opening day roster began to take a little more shape on this, the fourth day of training camp.
They waived two players and sent another back to the minor leagues.
Let’s take them one at a time….
Brian Boucher, who was originally slated to go on waivers Tuesday, actually didn’t get placed on waivers until Wednesday.
If he clears waivers at noon tomorrow (as expected) he will be sent to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL.
His salary is $950,000. As such, because he exceeds the $900,000 maximum for players waived to the minors, the Flyers will still have to have $50,000 of his money count against the cap.
That cap hit, is, of course, pro-rated for this season based on the shortened season.
Secondly, the Flyers waived defenseman Andreas Lilja.
With the addition of Kurtis Foster on the first day of camp, Lilja dropped to eighth on the depth chart.
It is unlikely that he will be claimed though as Lilja is dealing with some chronic injuries related to offseason hip surgery.
Finally, the Flyers have sent forward Tye McGinn back to the Phantoms after a four-day stint at camp.
Coach Peter Laviolette said McGinn “did not look out of place” with the Flyers in practice. As such, he is probably one of the first forwards the Flyers would turn to if they were in need of an injury replacement during the season.
These moves mean the battles are getting a little more defined heading into the final two days of camp.
Foster and Bruno Gervais are competing for the sixth defensive position while two starting spots remain between Scott Laughton, Eric Wellwood, Jody Shelley and Tom Sestito.
Danny Briere did not skate as long at practice with the team Wednesday as he did Tuesday, and while some might view that as a setback, Briere said after practice that he felt a little better today then he did on Tuesday.
“I was able to pass a little bit more and shoot a little bit harder,” he said. “It was better than yesterday, but it’s still just a day-to-day process.”
He remains a longshot to play either game in the opening weekend.
Of course, the hot topic of conversation today was Claude Giroux, the new Flyers captain.
Here are a series of quotes from around the locker room talking about Giroux’s new role:
“He’s a very competitive player who is highly skilled and is very responsible… Depending on the situation, he doesn’t have to say anything, but sometimes as a captain you have to step up and say something. A captain has to have a feel for the team and the mood of the team and decide if it’s better to keep the silence or say something. He will learn that. He’s a talented guy and on the ice and off the ice and he will pick it up easy.” – Ilya Bryzgalov
“I think he’s earned it. When we talk about the captaincy, my personal opinion is there are a few things that go into it in my mind. The guy has to be a good player, one of the top players on your team. He is our best player. Secondly, he has to be here for years – and Giroux’s going to be here for 10-to-15 years probably. The only thing he might be missing is a little bit of experience, but we have a lot of guys here who can help him out.” – Kimmo Timonen
“There are a lot of players younger in age around the league who are becoming captain. There’s always been conversations going back to last year about Claude. I don’t think much will change about Claude. You don’t get the captaincy and then expect to become a leader. You play a certain way, you act a certain way. You do certain things and the qualities that you represent through the course of time you take on that leadership role. This is something that he is going into and I believe he’s going to do a great job for us.” – Peter Laviolette
The Lavvy “Play with Some Jam” quote of the day:
“The best reflection of Zac (Rinaldo) will come when we play Saturday… I’m a big Rinaldo fan. He brings a lot of energy to the room and to this rink. He’s a terrific player.”
Look for a story on Zac Rinaldo later today on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com