The risk paid off. Johan Backlund cleared waivers at noon today, according to a Canadian TV network, and has successfully been sent down to the Adirondack Phantoms without incident. As we mentioned yesterday, though, he can't be called back up to the Flyers this season without clearing re-entry waivers. Nic Riopel just lost out on a chance at the starting gig in Glens Falls.
In fact, could Riopel have been sent to the ECHL as early as this morning? Tim McManus of the Post Star reported from Phantoms practice this morning that Riopel was nowhere to be found. According to Tim, Backlund and Brian Stewart were the two goalies with the team today. Hopefully he'll give an update a bit later.
UPDATE: Tim says Riopel has indeed been sent to the ECHL. I'm assuming that means he's going to Greenville. Tye McGinn was also sent back to juniors today. In any event, Brian Stewart just leaped Riopel on the depth chart. Thanks to Tim for the update.
In other news, the Nashville Predators traded Ryan Parent to the Vancouver Canucks along with Jonas Andersson in exchange for Shane O'Brien and Dan Gendur. Parent was also placed on waivers as soon as the trade was completed, so it looks like he'll be on a one-way flight to Manitoba -- that is, if there are direct flights from Nashville to Winnipeg. (Side note: how funny would it be if the Flyers picked Parent up for nothing?)
A few other notes from Flyers practice after the jump...
- Chris Pronger skated with the team today. Who knows if he'll play Thursday, but I wouldn't count on it. Still, it's a step in the right direction. He didn't skate in a second practice session, instead going off early for rehab.
- Initially, Andreas Nodl was the odd man out on the ice during the first practice session, as reported by Philly Sports Daily. In the later practice session, he skated on the fourth line with Jody Shelley and Darroll Powe as Betts left early for an unknown reason.
There was some pretty amusing confusion among the beat writers on Twitter surrouding the Betts-Nodl front, which you can go read in our live Twitter reader.
- Dan Carcillo practiced on the top line with Jeff Carter and Mike Richards according to everybody at practice. I still wonder how much better Bill Guerin would've looked on the top line (or, at least, in the top nine) over Carcillo.