Eric Wellwood called up by Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01: Eric Wellwood #47 of the Philadelphia Flyers in his first NHL game looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes on November 1 2010 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Flyers defeat the Hurricanes 3-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Guess that James van Riemsdyk injury, healthy scratch, then injury again is really a relatively serious thing.

Eric Wellwood was called up from the Adirondack Phantoms late this afternoon, the team announced, and he'll be eligible to play Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are bad at hockey.

Wellwood has eight points in eight games with the Phantoms so far this season. He's able to fit in under the cap with his $580,000 cap hit rather easily. They now have $522,461 in room to work with under the salary cap, thanks to LTIR exemption, following Ben Holmstrom's demotion yesterday and Wellwood's call up today. 

Harry Zolnierczyk is still with the team, and with Matt Read still out with an injury and now this new ailment to van Riemsdyk, another forward was necessary. Ben Holmstrom was sent down on Thursday prior to Danny Briere's return to the lineup, and the roster once again stands at 23 players. Is your head spinning yet? 

Seriously though, we're making a trip to Glens Falls next weekend. What are the chances we'll be watching a full Phantoms roster a week from tonight?

Flyers press release available after the jump.

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have recalled 5-11, 179-lb LW Eric Wellwood from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.  Wellwood will be available for Saturday's game vs. Columbus and will wear #47.   

Wellwood, 21 (3/6/90), has four goals and four assists for eight points in eight games for the Phantoms this season.  In 73 games for the Phantoms as a rookie last season, Wellwood contributed 16 goals and 12 assists for 28 points.  He also had an assist and a plus-1 rating in three games for the Flyers last year.

Wellwood was selected by the Flyers in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.   

The Flyers return to the ice on Saturday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets (7pm, CSN, 94 WIP).  Philadelphia Flyers ticket information is available now by calling 215-218-PUCK (7825) or visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.

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