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04-10-2009, 01:17 PM
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The Flyers found a loophole in the Collective Bargaining Agreement by signing Sloane to a one-day contract and paying him per diem. His one-day salary did not count against the salary cap and it's entirely possible his NHL career began and ended on the same day.

If Parent cannot play against the Islanders on Saturday, Holmgren said he would be forced to sign another defenseman to an emergency, 24-hour contract, or play with 17 skaters instead of 18.

Sloane, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder, played four seasons at Colgate University. When his senior season ended last month, he signed an amateur tryout contract with the AHL Phantoms on March 17, but did not play a game under coach John Paddock.

"If he had, we couldn't have signed him to play," Holmgren said.

Sloane, who wore No. 40 against the Rangers, grew up just a short drive from the Wachovia Center.

He seemed awestruck by his opportunity to skate with the Flyers Thursday in one of the world's most famous arenas.

"I'm very surprised and excited about this opportunity," Sloan said before Thursday night's game. "I had no idea this was happening."

In 35 games at Colgate this season, Sloane posted four assists and 37 penalty minutes and was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team. In 129 career games over four years at Colgate, Sloane recorded 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points and 100 penalty minutes.

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