Friday Morning Fly By: Jones out this weekend? Gretzky resigns in Phoenix

Some Philadelphia Flyers news and notes to start your Friday...

  • Are the Flyers ready to waive Randy Jones and his ridiculously unwelcome cap hit? [BSH]
  • There's still time before making such a drastic decision, however. The 23-man roster doesn't have to be complete until late next week, and the Flyers aren't rushing anything. [CSN Philly]
  • While Jones wasn't impressive last night, Dan Carcillo spoke up for himself last night against the Devils. Sam Carchidi presents Danny's case, with a condition. [Inquirer]
  • How important is another tough guy, Riley Cote, on this Flyers roster? [BSH FanPosts]
  • Another player making a strong case still is Mika Pyorala. He scored the OT winner last night and continues to impress in camp. Coach Stevens like his "age and experience," quite possibly a sign that Pyorala has an edge over James van Riemsdyk? [Broad Street Bull]
  • Matt Carle had a chance to showcase his skills last night by receiving top pairing minutes. In fact, he logged more ice time than every other player, clocking in at over 27 minutes. [Daily News]
  • Ole-Kristian Tollefsen has battled all camp long. John Stevens called him "okay" last night, saying he needs more ice time to get better. Understandable, he's still got that rust as he's barely played this preseason. [CSN Philly]
  • One blogger thinks the first five games of the season are crucial toward John Stevens keeping his job. I would say that, yes, if the Flyers start like last season, that's the case. But the chances of that are slim. [The Orange Army]
  • Goaltender Johan Backlund has been sent to the Phantoms. [Frequent Flyers]
  • Speaking of the Phantoms, they take to the ice for their first game action tomorrow. There's a young rivalry growing between Adirondack and the Albany River Rats. [Post-Star]
  • Elsewhere in the NHL, the big story yesterday came from Phoenix, where Wayne Gretzky resigned as coach and Director or Hockey Ops. SBN.com's story stream has all the angles covered. [SBNation.com]
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