Leier's goal lifts Flyers' rookies

Posted: September 11, 2013

FLYERS PROSPECT Taylor Leier likely could not have scripted yesterday any better.

On the day he signed his first pro contract, Leier lifted the Flyers' rookies to a 1-0 win over the Capitals' rookies in an exhibition game in Arlington, Va.

The same could not be said for highly touted defenseman Mark Alt.

Alt, 21, suffered a concussion in his rookie debut with the Flyers when he was driven into the boards by Caps rookie Tom Wilson late in the second period. Reports indicated Alt appeared to hit the back of his head on the dasher board on his way down to the ice. The scrimmage took a nasty turn after Alt's injury. Flyers rookies Scott Laughton and Tyrell Goulbourne both targeted Wilson for retribution in the third period.

Many observers considered Alt the Flyers' most impressive defenseman yesterday prior to his injury. The scrimmage also featured June's first-round pick, 6-6 defenseman Samuel Morin.

Despite a packed defense corps, scouts tabbed Alt as the most "NHL ready" body of the Flyers' defensive prospects and were eagerly awaiting his appearance when the club's full training camp opens on Thursday. Now, Alt's status for camp is uncertain.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Alt will be evaluated by team doctors today.

Goaltenders Anthony Stolarz and Carsen Chubak teamed up for the shutout. Stolarz, 19, is expected to remain with the team in training camp and could suit up for Sunday's first preseason game in London, Ontario, where he plays for the OHL's Knights.

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Despite rumors linking the Flyers to free-agent forward Dan Cleary, there was nothing to report as of last night. Cleary, 34, has spent the last 8 years with Detroit. He is coming off a 5-year, $14 million deal and played all 48 games last season. Cleary is reportedly still negotiating with the Red Wings, and Dallas is also in the hunt . . .

The Flyers report for medical evaluations tomorrow before Thursday's first on-ice session begins at 8:30 a.m. at Wells Fargo Center. Camp is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday.

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