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I put this in the OP, too.

From Tim P.:

http://philadelphia.comcastsportsnet...769&feedID=695

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The goaltending situation just got a little more interesting for the Flyers – in terms of organizational depth.

Tuesday afternoon, the club signed four players, among them, goalie Nicola Riopel, a 20-year-old prospect who was immediately assigned to the Phantoms.

Riopel was the Flyers’ fifth-round pick in this summer’s draft. His one-year deal implies he has a shot at being the backup on the Adirondack Phantoms this season.

“It’s important to turn him pro somewhere,” said general manager Paul Holmgren from the Czech Republic, where he is scouting this week. “He needs to play at a higher level. Either at the American League or if we had to send to the East Coast League.

“He’s been in the Quebec league three or four years and needs to take that next step. We’ll see how he looks in training camp. If he’s ready to play in the American League, we’ll put him there.”

Heading into training camp, Swedish netminder Johan Backlund, who the Flyers are eager to see play, will have the upper hand as the potential starter.
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Also signed today to AHL contracts were defenseman Danny Syvret (a one-year deal); center Zac Rinaldo (a three-year entry-level deal); and defenseman David Sloane (a one-year deal).

Syvret’s contract is two-way. He could earn $575,000 if he plays with the Flyers this season and that’s likely via a call-up basis.

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