As many suspected that they would, today the Flyers announced that they have loaned forwards Connor Bunnaman and German Rubtsov, as well as goaltender Alex Lyon to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL.
Roster move: We have loaned Alex Lyon, German Rubstov and Connor Bunnaman to the @LVPhantoms (AHL).— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 22, 2020
Bunnaman returns after having served as the team’s fourth line center over the past week. He played in his ninth NHL game last night — the fifth of his most recent recall — and has a goal and an assist with the big club.
Rubtsov, who was recalled two mornings ago, played in last night’s game against the Penguins, and wasn’t exactly noticeable. Though, to be fair to him, it is hard to be noticed in just under four and a half minutes of ice time. He had previously appeared in three contests with the Flyers back in early November.
The Phantoms are in action tonight, and both Friday and Saturday night this week. The Flyers return to action on January 31st, against the same Pittsburgh Penguins team that they just shutout 3-0. With eleven forwards on the roster, they’ll likely recall at least one forward before then, and there are a number of candidates — including both Bunnaman, and Rubtsov.