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Saturday, October 1, 2011

A GUESS AT THE FLYERS OPENING ROSTER

O.K.... here it goes, my educated guess at who makes the Flyers and who doesn't.

Just to clarify, I'll have a more detailed explanation on the reasons behind these guesses online later tomorrow, but I wanted to get them out there now for you all to discuss.

So, without further ado... the 2011-12 Flyers - as I think it'll turn out:

Forwards:(13)
James Van Riemsdyk
Claude Giroux
Jaromir Jagr
Scott Hartnell
Danny Briere
Jakub Voracek
Matt Read
Sean Couturier
Wayne Simmonds
Zac Rinaldo
Blair Betts
Max Talbot
Jody Shelley

Notes:

-Couturier beats out Brayden Schenn, who was limited in camp by a shoulder injury. Schenn can be sent to the AHL for what would be an extended camp of sorts while Couturier either has to stick or go back to Drummondville of the QMJHL. The Flyers will at least give him nine games, but I'm betting he sticks. The coaches love his maturity.

-Read makes the roster, but could be sent down for one day as the Flyers have to technically carry Ian Laperriere's salary on the roster for the first day before placing him on injured reserve.

- Shelley's salary counts against the cap while he serves a five-game suspension. The Flyers could keep another player in that spot in his place, but the player would have to be inexpensive as they are tight to the salary cap.

-What becomes of Andreas Nodl? Good question. Maybe he's the guy that they were talking with Nashville about.

Defensemen: (7)
Chris Pronger
Matt Carle
Kimmo Timonen
Braydon Coburn
Andrej Meszaros
Matt Walker
Andreas Lilja

Notes:

-Erik Gustafsson can be sent back to the Phantoms with no problem. Oskars Bartulis is a different animal. He has to go through waivers. I'm not sure he makes it. That means the Flyers could try and trade him too. He has value at such a cap-friendly salary ($600,000 for each of the next two seasons).

Goalies: (2)
Ilya Bryzgalov
Sergei Bobrovsky

This roster would leave the Flyers with roughly $755,000 in salary cap space. Not ideal, but manageable.

So... what do you think?

4 Comments:

Blogger Nuch said...

i like bartulis over walker, just for the cap friendly number, but walker has showed alot in the preseason. I like sending Schenn down for the time being especially cause of the injury. Hopefully Sean Couturier sticks, im not to to confident in that, but he may. Im thinking he'll get that 7 game or whatever tryout, and depending on how he does he'll either get sent back and Schenn will be up or he will stay.

October 1, 2011 at 11:46 PM 
Anonymous nfl jerseys cheap said...

I like sending Schenn down for the time being especially cause of the injury. Hopefully Sean Couturier sticks, im not to to confident in that, but he may. Im thinking he'll get that 7 game or whatever tryout, and depending on how he does he'll either get sent back and Schenn will be up or he will stay.

October 3, 2011 at 5:21 AM 
Blogger Simon said...

I'll take Bart over Walker anyday. Bart is a much better skater, passer. his only downfall is that he's not as physical as Walker. As a 7th d-man, it's kind of moot anyway! As much as I like Couturier, he's not ready. I'd be disappointed to see him make the team as i feel we would be rushing him. A frame like his at center should be about 20-30lbs heavier!

October 3, 2011 at 9:07 AM 
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