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Sbisa OFFICIALLY sent back down

We had the news about two weeks ago that Luca Sbisa had been sent back down to Lethbridge, but apparently the source out in Switzerland was wrong.

This time, though, it's straight from the Flyers.

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have reassigned defenseman Luca Sbisa to the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.

"We feel that it is in the best interest of Luca and the Flyers organization that he gets back to playing on a regular basis," said Holmgren in making the announcement. "Luca will join Lethbridge for its game in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday."

Everything Homer is saying there is correct -- Luca does need to play -- but couldn't this have been done two or three weeks ago? According to the CBA, if you're on the active roster for 40 or more games, it counts as one season against your contract. If you're a healthy scratch, you're still on the roster -- you're just not playing. Sbisahas on played 39 games, but as far as I understand it, that's not the number that matters. He's been on the roster for every game to this point, and is a year closer to free agency now because of it.

EDIT (h/t to Mirtle): A little clarification… after10 games you lose a year off of your contract, but after 40 games you become a year closer free agency. Sbisa is now both.

Holmgren made a mistake here.