Flyers waive three, some thoughts

TSN confirms that the Flyers placed forward Blair Betts and defensemen Matt Walker and Oskars Bartulis on waivers today. Paul Holmgren confirmed that Brayden Schenn was sent to the Phantoms as well.

Cap reasons aside, there’s no reason to rush Schenn. Giving him some time in the AHL where he can play more minutes per game until he completely dominates the league is a worthwhile decision for such a precious investment. It worked wonders for Claude Giroux and should do the same for Schenn.

It’s a surprise to see Betts waived, as his $700k salary made him the most affordable forward on the cap-strapped Flyers. At a bare minimum, this fact — as well as his defensive abilities — should have been enough to keep him as the team’s 13th forward. A number of people suggest that they do not expect Betts to clear waivers. If’s possible one of the defenders gets claimed as well If that happens, it would open up a contract spot for Couturier and allow him to remain with the team, possibly for the entire season.

Bill Meltzer says that coach Peter Laviolette raved about Walker and talked like he would start the season paired with Braydon Coburn. One can only assume that his high cap hit ($1.7 million) prevented him from making the team.

In theory, this should be good news for Erik Gustafsson but something is afoot at the Circle K.

“If Gus made team, he’ll have to be brought back,” said Meltzer. “His locker in Voorhees was cleared out, too.”

Something else may be in the works here.

UPDATE: The Flyers confirmed that Gustafsson and Harry Zolniercyk were loaned to the Phantoms.

UPDATE 2: Per CapGeek:

That means Brayden Schenn’s cap hit should drop from $3.11m to $1.705m after just one day in the minors.

Note, that clause is only believed to apply to Schenn’s contract in 2011-12, not the other two seasons.

UPDATE 3: Per Bill Meltzer:

He hinted that Walker may not be sent down even if he clears waivers tomorrow.

Homer pretty much implied Betts done as a Flyer, while hinting Walker may still be there.

  • http://twitter.com/ecnewmanscribe Eden Newman

    NOOOOOO!  BETTS IS GONE!!!!

    i really liked him.  :(

  • http://twitter.com/ecnewmanscribe Eden Newman

    NOOOOOO!  BETTS IS GONE!!!!

    i really liked him.  :(

  • http://twitter.com/ecnewmanscribe Eden Newman

    NOOOOOO!  BETTS IS GONE!!!!

    i really liked him.  :(