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Flyers Send Down Raffl, Lauridsen to Phantoms

Photo courtesy of Philly.com The battle for the third line wing spot is a little clearer today, as the Flyers announced they sent LW Michael Raffl and D Oliver Lauridsen down to the Adirondack Phantoms ahead of tonight’s preseason finale versus the Washington Capitals. Raffl, who had been battling with Scott Laughton and Chris VandeVelde for the team’s vacant spot on the third line, was held without a goal in four preseason games for the club. Lauridsen, the big defenseman from Denmark, played in three preseason games with the the Flyers after a short stint with the team last season. …

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Frequent Flyer Miles: Boucher cut, Prospal possibly going to Europe, AHL training camps

In what’s been the busiest week in terms of movement since the beginning of the Frequent Flyer Miles column, a laundry list of former Philadelphia Flyers and draft picks, Adirondack Phantoms, and Trenton Titans changed clubs, signed extensions, or were involved in rumors. A handful of former Flyers were involved in transactions, as Brian Boucher, Vinny Prospal, David Laliberte, and Nikolay Zherdev found themselves on the move. According to the website Blick.ch, Boucher has been cut by EV Zug in the NLA. The former Flyer didn’t exactly impress EV Zug to keep his job, as he allowed 16 goals in …

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Training Camp Sprints: Depth up front a concern?

When Jake Voracek left last night’s game versus the New Jersey Devils in the second period with an upper-body injury, the Flyers were faced with the disastrous notion of losing a star before the season even started. With Wayne Simmonds also sidelined due to the flu, the team is suddenly forced to dress Mike Raffl, Adam Hall, Jay Rosehill, and Chris VandeVelde to round out the offense. They acknowledged after the game that Voracek’s injury is only minor, but if a few forwards were to go down does that type of lineup give you confidence? The offense hasn’t exactly gotten …

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Three More Assigned to Phantoms Camp

(Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers) The Flyers announced that three players have cleared waivers and were assisted to the American Hockey League Phantoms, where training camp is scheduled to begin Monday. The three players were forwards Ben Holmstrom and Kris Newbury, and goaltender Yann Danis. Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon also cleared waivers, but instead of heading to Adirondack, is expected to be placed on long-term injury reserve as he tries to battle back from nagging concussion issues. An impressive group of young players will take the ice tomorrow in Glens Falls, NY, including recent signee Petr Straka, Nick Cousins, Kyle …

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Looking at some Matt Read contract comparables, Homer deserves further praise

After what has already been, arguably, Paul Holmgren’s most impressive offseason to date he went and re-signed Matt Read to a bargain of a four year contract on Friday. At four years and only $3.625 million on the cap, my initial reaction was elation at the cap number. I had thought for some time now, that the Flyers might have to trade Read because of their young nucleus of players all reaching free agency (be it restricted or unrestricted) at about the same time. What a pleasant surprise it is to see Read come in at such a cap-friendly number. …