Well, it’s happened. The cuts keep on coming, folks. And with another day off came more news of players being reassigned to the Phantoms. Today, it’s... *rubs eyes, wipes off glasses* Philippe Myers and Nicolas Aube-Kubel?
Yep, that’s right. It’s them and just them. And that’s... a little bit surprising.
Myers had kind of a rough game last night, and Aube-Kubel was fine, but both have been more or less regulars in the lineup up until now, haven’t looked out of their depth, and looked like they might just be some of the last holdouts in this camp. Not that they should have been sent down over the guys who were scratches last night (who we kind of figured might be the next ones to go). So the initial surprise is pretty real.
So where does this start to make sense? What makes this seem less bad? The fact that this bound to happen eventually. With Andrew MacDonald getting in for his first preseason game last night, he’s ahead of schedule to return, and Travis Sanheim is practicing, set to be back within the next week. And with it seeming pretty clear that the Flyers are more interested in using Christian Folin as the seventh defenseman, there just wasn’t space for Myers to make the team out of camp. As much as we wanted him to jump one or two of the veterans to earn himself a spot, that just wasn’t going to happen.
The same goes for Aube-Kubel, as he’s put up a good camp, but the Flyers had an excess of wingers to close out the season, and then picking up James van Riemsdyke took away another space. They weren’t going to be parking Aube-Kubel in the press box, so he heads down to Lehigh Valley to play.
And then where does that leave us? The Flyers’ roster now sits at 33 (with their four injured players in Alex Lyon, Michal Neuvirth, Travis Sanheim, and Pascal Laberge not actually counting against that, knocking it down to more like 29), and they have two more games and a bit more practice time to figure out who their next six cuts will be, to get them ready for opening night. Stay tuned, folks. Let’s see if it keeps getting weird.