How will Flyers roster shape up?

Posted: October 01, 2013

ROSTER UPDATE

Paul Holmgren is being cryptic again. Well, he isn't trying to be, but Holmgren played coy with the media yesterday, unwilling to disclose exactly how his roster will look for Wednesday's opener against Toronto.

He has a ton of flexibility: forward Adam Hall and defenseman Bruno Gervais both cleared waivers yesterday. They can be sent to Adirondack and taken off the salary cap if necessary, but Hall could very well stick around. They only have 13 forwards on the roster after Chris Vande Velde was sent to the AHL on Saturday.

"I'm not trying to be secretive, but we're still juggling things," Holmgren said. "Without giving away any details, secrets, we'll know [today]. Nothing needs to be finalized from our standpoint until 5 p.m. [today]. That's when I'll make everyone aware of what we're doing. I'm trying to decide what's best."

Holmgren said he didn't foresee any changes coming by trade, though it's clear they'd like to shed salary on defense if possible. One thing is for certain: 19-year-old Scott Laughton isn't going anywhere. Not yet, anyway. He will start the season with the team.

Defenseman Hal Gill, who has been in training camp on a tryout, is still with the team. Holmgren was scheduled to have a meeting yesterday with Gill, 38. It's unclear whether he will be a part of the mix, which could depend on numbers.

INJURY UPDATE

Jake Voracek (upper body) skated for 35 to 40 minutes yesterday before leaving practice early. That was part of the plan, according to Holmgren. Claude Giroux's winger appeared to hurt his lower back when crashing into the post in last Tuesday's exhibition loss to the Devils.

"I have no doubt in saying he will be a player on Wednesday," Holmgren said.

- Frank Seravalli

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