This week the Philadelphia Flyers cut 28 players from their training camp roster, the Flyers roster is now left with 17 forwards, 12 defenseman, and 3 goalies. The list of cut players including recently signed to a entry level contract Samuel Morin, who is looked promising, but at 18 with no professional experience there is no reason to rush him onto the ice. The list also includes Jason Akeson and Tye Mcginn both young promising wingers.
After the four pre-season games that have been played so far, the Flyers are 1-4. Barely winning against the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout 3-2 on Monday. The spilt squad played against the Washington Capitals and lost in a shootout 4-3. The Flyers have three games left in the pre-season two against the New Jersey Devils with their newly acquired Jaromir Jagr. Flyers will finish out the pre-season with a game against the Washington Capitals on Friday.
Of course what would a season opener be if we were not questioning what are goalie situation is going to look like. Both Mason and Emery were looking good in the openers. In the last two games each giving up 3 goals each resulting in a loss. With two experienced goalies, each knowing a sub-par performance during pre-season will have them sitting on the bench we can hope for some more competitive play.
As much as this year will be about finding out what will happen in goal, it’s a big year for the forwards. For Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, and Zac Rinaldo. Will be playing in their third years and have something to prove. This year will be the year that will determine if these players will get that extension and become a solidified component in the flyers offense for the next seasons to come. With the exception of Matt Read, who was just signed to a four-year $14.5 million contract extension starting at the beginning of the 2014-15 season. Paul Holmgren had this to say on the signing of Read, “He’s one of the young core players on our team. We’re happy to have him under contract for the next five years with this extension.” Read seems very excited about his contract extension saying, “My first two years have been very overwhelming for me. It’s still crazy to me to think I’m playing in the National Hockey League. So to sign my second contract with the Philadelphia Flyers is a dream come true. I couldn’t be happier with being with this organization, and I’m glad to be here for a couple more years.”