Sep 192011

Flyers logoFlyers training camp opened on Saturday, September 17, and only two days later the roster trimming has begun.

The team has cut 15 players, sending them to their junior clubs, per Frank Seravalli.  They are:

Etienne Boutet
Ricard Blidstrand
Shayne Campbell
Nick Cousins
Campbell Elynuik
Austin Fyten
Sam Grist
Simon Gronvaldt
Michael Houser
Tomas Hyka
Derek Mathers
Jonathan Narbonne
Marcel Noebels
Brendan Ranford
Colin Suellentrop

No surprises in that group.  Camp will of course continue for the remaining 55 players, with Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette pleased with the progress made so far.

“There’s been a lot of stuff thrown at them in two days,” Laviolette said. “When you’re putting in a system, you do it piece by piece. I do, anyway.

“It’s also hard for the first five days because you get three hours to work and you manage that time and you’ve got to manage 67 people or whatever we’re at right now. That’s a little bit more challenging, but there’s a lot of information that’s been given because we have these games coming up.”

The Flyers will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, September 20 to open the preseason game schedule.  And while newly named captain Chris Pronger won’t be playing, the good news is he’s back on the ice skating with the team.  Pronger was expected to miss at least a big chunk of camp due to offseason back surgery.  While he’s not actively practicing yet, the fact that Pronger’s on the ice at all is a good sign.