Guerin’s release opens doors for younger talent
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how Bill Guerin made all the sense in the world for the Flyers. In theory, I was right. unfortunately for Mr. Guerin, he was released from his tryout contract Monday afternoon, meaning that if he plays in the NHL this season it wont be for the Flyers.
Honestly this doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me. After watching Guerin this preseason, he simply didn’t look very good. You can’t question what intangibles he would have brought to the team, but it’s not all about those intangible in the NHL. One has to prove that he can still do it on the ice and on this level.
So despite Nikolay Zherdev giving up #9 for him and the team including him on CSN’s “Meet the Flyers” program, he will not be in uniform when the Flyers open the season in Pittsburgh Thursday night.
Andreas Nodl earned the roster spot that was thought to go to Guerin. I really like the move. Nodl is a very underrated player and is very good on the penalty kill, which is important with the recent loss of Ian Laperriere due to concussion symptoms.
It’s likely that Nodl will spend many nights as the “13th forward” (meaning he’ll be a healthy scratch) but having him available will help out the 3rd/4th line and the penalty kill.
In other news today, goaltender Johan Backlund was placed on waivers. If he clears, he will head up to Adirondack to play for the Phantoms. This means rookie Sergei Bobrovsky will be the backup to starter Brian Boucher to start the year.
The Flyers opening night roster is now set, the puck drops Thursday night in Pittsburgh, we’re all excited, lets buckle up and enjoy the ride!!!