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Roster taking shape; McGinn sent to Phantoms; Thoughts on G as the "C"

Boucher and Lilja waived; McGinn reassigned to Adirondack; Briere update; thoughts on Giroux as captain.
Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 3:42 PM
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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Roster taking shape; McGinn sent to Phantoms; Thoughts on G as the \"C\"

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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