The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have recalled 5-10, 180-pound defenseman Erik Gustafsson from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, on emergency conditions, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. It is the first NHL call-up for Gustafsson, who will be available for tomorrow's game against the Los Angeles Kings and will wear #27.
Update from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
BroadStBull: Lavvy says he expects Timonen to play Thurs.#Flyers
Update from CSN Philly:
Timonen says its 50/50 he plays vs kings but won't miss more than a game. Leg injury it appears.
Update from Sarah B. @ CSN Philly:
Kimmo's injury was to his hip flexor -- and isn't bad. Playing tomorrow isn't a stretch.
i'd like to see him paired with coburn to see if he's really a timonen in the making. coburn-carle never ends well. i'd say let carle-bart be the 3rd pair that plays limited time, carle getting some PP shifts. mez-don o'seanell has been too good to mess with.
edit: this assuming, unfortunately, that kimmo will miss some time...
If Timonen is questionable then they need someone up just in case... since the game is on the other side of the country. Not like you can call the guy up a few hours in advance.
Those commenting on Syvret... don't think he's exempt from waivers.
Yep. Syvret is the better option by far, however shooter isnít feeling to loyal to him lol. No need to risk getting stuck with a cap hit if he is claimed. It is the right move. Wonder if the great gus will get a chance to show if he is capable of making carle expendable and replacing him on the top pairing next year lol?
I've been a Bart fan...but he was terrible in that Panthers game, and not so great last night either. Hopefully, he'll improve as he shakes off the rust. With Timonen in the line-up though, I want Bart paired with him. I think it's definitely the way to go considering the circumstances. Whether it's Parent, Krajicek, Bartulis, or whoever...they seem to magically end up looking competent alongside Timonen. That pairing will be fine enough, and the rest of the pairings will be more balanced...
Maybe even try switching Carle and Coburn there, but I'd lean towards keeping those two apart.
Gustafsson looked pretty damn good in preseason as I recall...I was wondering if he would be the one to get the call...actually surprised they didn't have him or someone else already traveling with the team for this road trip just in case.