Flyers Notes: Voracek expected to play in opener

Posted: October 01, 2013

Those concerned about the health of high-scoring Flyers winger Jake Voracek can exhale.

Voracek, who finished tied for eighth in the NHL with a team-high 22 goals last season, will play in Wednesday's opener against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, general manager Paul Holmgren said.

The 24-year-old Voracek injured his lower back when he crashed into the left post in a 2-1 preseason loss to New Jersey last Tuesday. He missed the last two exhibition games.

Voracek was back on the ice at the Flyers practice in Voorhees on Sunday, but he did not skate with his linemates during drills. Brayden Schenn took his spot was on the top line, with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

Voracek skated for about 35 minutes.

"That was the plan going in," Holmgren said after the practice session. "We took him off the ice just to hold him back a little bit, but he's doing fine. I have no doubt in saying he'll be a player on Wednesday."

"Jake obviously adds a different element to our line," Hartnell said. "He's quick; he's fast; he's explosive; and he can make plays, especially on the power play. He does a great job on the back side."

The other lines Sunday: Vinny Lecavalier centering Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read; Sean Couturier centering Adam Hall and Max Talbot; and Scott Laughton centering Zac Rinaldo and Jay Rosehill.

The defensive pairings: Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn; Luke Schenn and Mark Streit; Nick Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros; and Erik Gustafsson and Hal Gill.

The Flyers finished the preseason with a 1-5-1 record.

"Would I like to be 5-1-1 instead of 1-5-1? Yeah. We need to be better," Holmgren said. "I think the players know that. I think the coaches have laid it out to them that it's got to be better. We didn't play as good as we wanted to play in training camp, by any stretch. We've got some days to work on some things now."

Holmgren added that the Flyers "need to be more decisive with our game - in all zones."

Hall, Gervais clear

Forward Adam Hall and defenseman Bruno Gervais cleared waivers Sunday, and Holmgren has until 5 p.m. Monday to decide if they remain on the roster.

Gervais is expected to be sent to the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms.

Barring a trade, Hall is likely to remain with the Flyers, who have 13 forwards in camp. Including Gervais, they have nine defensemen. If the Flyers carry eight defensemen, 6-foot-7 veteran Gill figures to land a spot.


Holmgren said he did not foresee making any trades before the rosters have to be submitted to the league Monday. . . . The Flyers are about $1.4 million over the cap. There's a chance they would have to "send" either Brayden Schenn or Couturier - two players who are waiver-exempt - to the minors briefly to clear cap space before they are permitted to place Chris Pronger on the long-term injured list and gain $4.9 million of room. It would just be a paper transaction. . . . Coach Peter Laviolette starts the season with 269 games with the Flyers, third in club history, behind Fred Shero (554) and Mike Keenan (320).



comments powered by Disqus