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Lasse Kukkonen On Waivers (update post #127: CLEARED WAIVERS, Nov. 14)
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11-13-2008, 01:39 PM
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Kukkonen scheduled to play center tonight, per the Flyers' site:
Thursday, November 13
With Danny Briere hurt and Riley Cote still nursing an injury, Flyers head coach John Stevens will shift defenseman Lasse Kukkonen to center for tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet). Philadelphia held an optional skate today at Mellon Arena in preparation for the game.
"With the amount of call-ups we've had already, we're a little restricted there. We'll use the guys that we have here," said the head coach. "If he gives us a good two or three shifts a period, I think it would be invaluable."
Kukkonen has admittedly not played center since he was a teenager, he said, but already has an idea how to handle the change.
"I'll let [Arron Asham] and [Josh Gratton] go and do the forecheck, and I'll try and be the third guy high. Just keep it simple."
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