Moving experience for Flyers' Hall

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Posted: April 10, 2013

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Last week was a blur for Flyers forward Adam Hall.

On Tuesday, he found out he was traded from Carolina back to Tampa Bay, the team with which he started the season. On Wednesday, the day of the NHL's trade deadline, Hall was notified to halt his trek to the Lightning because he had been claimed off waivers by the Flyers.

On Thursday, he was already making his debut with the Flyers in Toronto, while his wife and 1-year-old son were left to pick up the pieces in North Carolina.

"You never know where this game is going to take you," Hall said with a grin on Tuesday. "You just have to roll with things. It's a little surprising at first, but the guys here have done such a good job of helping me transition."

Packing was the toughest part.

"I think my son has more toys than I do," Hall said. "Luckily, my wife has been really easygoing and we've had fun with it all. Wherever we've gone, families have been so welcoming and helped us with whatever we need."

Hall played his third game as a Flyer against the Islanders. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native and Michigan State grad has carved out a career for himself with a specific skill set and attitude that has impressed coach Peter Laviolette.

"He accounts for every stride, practice or games," Laviolette said. "He doesn't take one stride for granted. He works hard. He's a good penalty killer.

"With the guys who are missing, if you're able to add a guy like that - who can take faceoffs, kill penalties, and he's a big body who works all the time - down the stretch, he can really help."

In addition to the Flyers' playoff push, Hall is auditioning for his next contract - wherever that may be. The Flyers are Hall's seventh NHL club and he is only 32. He is skating on a 1-year, $650,000 deal and would like to stick in Philadelphia. The Flyers may, in fact, have an opening if they choose to not re-sign Mike Knuble, Ruslan Fedotenko or Simon Gagne.

"Any player at this level, the reason you play all season long is to be right in the mix to make the playoffs," Hall said. "We've got so many pieces of the puzzle, from grit to defense to offense. You try to put all of those other things out of your mind. If I play to my potential, things will take care of themselves."

'Bryz' not mad

Ilya Bryzgalov said he was not surprised to get the night off on Tuesday - even if it was the biggest game of the Flyers' season to this point. Bryzgalov, 32, had started 22 straight games.

Steve Mason, acquired from Columbus, got his first start as a Flyer.

"I was tired," Bryzgalov said. "In general, I don't have major injuries. But you're sore here, you're sore there. Every day, it's something new. It's just regular maintenance."

He's started a greater percentage of his team's games (92 percent) this season than any other starter in the NHL - all but three of the Flyers' 39 games.

"There's no denying that 'Bryz' has had a heavy workload," Laviolette said. "But after losing that last game, it's a better situation for [Mason]."

Bryzgalov also wasn't surprised the Flyers brought in Mason to compete with him for a starting job.

"You've got to understand, we're just employees here," Bryzgalov said. "We have the front office who make the decisions about how the team is created and the coaches decide on the lineup. They tell you you're in or you're out. You've got to accept it. He's a nice guy. He's got his whole career in front of him. He's only 24."

Last stop?

Since the Islanders officially announced their long-rumored move to Brooklyn's Barclays Center back in October, there have been rumblings that owner Charles Wang is entertaining ideas of breaking his lease with Nassau County Coliseum before 2015.

So, could that mean the Islanders will be in their new home - already occupied by the Brooklyn Nets - in time for next season? Unlikely. But if it does happen, that would mean Tuesday night's game was the Flyers' last stop at the decrepit Coliseum.

The Islanders announced a preseason game at Barclays Center, which was not built for hockey, to be played on Sept. 21 against New Jersey. It will mark the first-ever NHL game played in New York's biggest borough.


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