Flyers Open Camp, Announce Playoff Roster

For the first in months, the Flyers had a team practice.

The Flyers had 30 players and their coaching staff on hand to open their training camp at the start of the NHL’s Phase 3 restart plan. Players were on the ice for two sessions in groups of 15 each.

The players themselves were all a tad rusty, and Day 1 of the training camp was mostly about shaking out the rust for all of the players who have had difficulty with getting consistent ice time throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some news and notes from day 1 of camp were

  • Shayne Gostisbehere needed surgery on his left knee due to damage done from overcompensating while dealing with his surgery and recovery from a right knee injury in February. His 2nd surgery took place about 7 weeks again and he is not yet 100% healthy. A quote from him on the situation “Obviously, my ultimate goal is to get back in the lineup, and contribute. …. I’m working my way back, just grinding along. I’m not going to feel sorry for myself. There’s a lot going on in the world right now.”
  • Nolan Patrick did not make the final roster for the playoffs. Chuck Fletcher reported that Patrick told him he’s feeling better than he had in nearly a year, but the plan is to target the 2020-21 season rather than push for this season’s playoffs, which is likely the prudent maneuver.
  • Mark Friedman, a defenseman who saw the majority of his time with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season, signed a one way two year deal for $725k per season. With Robert Hagg a restricted free agent, and Justin Braun a UFA, signing Friedman provides insurance should one (or both) not be resigned.
  • The coaching staff expressed a desire to take a look at their best possible lineups during the round-robin seeding games before the start of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. A quote from the Bill Meltzer day 1 wrap up says “The objective is to have the best (and most ready to play) group of players in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the playoffs.”

The rosters and schedule for the restart are as follows.

FORWARDS (18)
10 – Andy Andreoff LW
11 –¬†Travis Konecny¬†RW
12 –¬†Michael Raffl¬†RW
13 –¬†Kevin Hayes¬†C
14 –¬†Sean Couturier¬†C
18 –¬†Tyler Pitlick¬†C
21 –¬†Scott Laughton¬†C
25 –¬†James van Riemsdyk¬†LW
28 –¬†Claude Giroux¬†LW
38 –¬†Derek Grant¬†C
44 –¬†Nate Thompson¬†C
48 – Morgan Frost C
49 –¬†Joel Farabee¬†RW
50 – German Rubtsov C
62 –¬†Nicolas Aube-Kubel¬†RW
81 – Carsen Twarynski LW
82 – Connor Bunnaman C
93 –¬†Jakub Voracek¬†RW

DEFENSEMEN (12)
3 – Andy Welinski D
5 –¬†Philippe Myers¬†D
6 –¬†Travis Sanheim¬†D
8 –¬†Robert Hagg¬†D
9 –¬†Ivan Provorov¬†D
15 –¬†Matt Niskanen¬†D
26 – Tyler Wotherspoon D
39 – Nate Prosser D
53 – Shayne GostisbehereD
54 – Egor Zamula D
59 – Mark Friedman D
61 –¬†Justin Braun¬†D

GOALTENDERS (4)
34 – Alex Lyon G
37 –¬†Brian Elliott¬†G
67 – Kirill Ustimenko G
79 –¬†Carter Hart G

o SUN., JULY 26: All teams travel to hub city
o JULY 28-30: Exhibition games (to be announced at a later date)
o SUN., AUG. 2: Flyers vs. Boston Bruins
o THU., AUG. 6: Flyers vs. Washington Capitals
o SUN., AUG. 9: Flyers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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