Flyers waive Hall and Gervais, send VandeVelde to Phantoms

Philadelphia Flyers' Bruno Gervais in action during an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Flyers' Bruno Gervais in action during an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Posted: September 30, 2013

The Flyers' season-opening roster is closer to being finalized.

They made three moves Saturday, placing veteran center Adam Hall and defenseman Bruno Gervais on waivers and sending winger Chris VandeVelde to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms.

The moves enable center Scott Laughton, the team's first-round draft pick in 2012, to start the season with the big-league team. Laughton, 19, can stay for nine games before his entry-level deal would start. After nine games, the Flyers would have the option of keeping him or sending him back to the junior team.

VandeVelde, 24, who spent 11 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season, had signed an AHL-only deal and was trying to make the Flyers on a tryout contract.

If Gervais and Hall clear waivers Sunday, they could be sent to the Phantoms. Hall, a gritty player who is excellent in the faceoff circle, might remain with the Flyers if he clears.

For now, 6-foot-7 Hal Gill, a veteran defenseman who is in camp on a tryout contract, is on the roster.

If Gervais and Hall are not on the roster, the Flyers will have 22 players remaining: 12 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goalies. Teams are permitted to carry 23 players. (It is likely that defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon will start the year on the injured list or be sent to the Phantoms.)

The Flyers could deal one of their veteran defensemen. Colorado is reportedly trying to move winger/center John Mitchell, who had 10 goals in 47 games last season. The Flyers, as of Saturday night, had not had discussions with the Avs.

On Friday, the Flyers finished the exhibition season 1-5-1 after a 6-3 loss in Washington.

"It's good to get it out of the way," said captain Claude Giroux, referring to the poor preseason. "Hopefully the guys will get a little ticked off about this record and start playing Wednesday" in the regular-season opener against visiting Toronto.

"If you're going to get some of the kinks out, this is the best time to do it," goalie Ray Emery said. ". . . Even by making mistakes, you're still learning."

The Flyers will practice at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees.

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