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…And it begins. Gustafsson is a higher-rated prospect in the Flyers’ system, but I doubt he’ll see any action if OD and Pronger can both go. Then again, it’s Ottawa, and as a team you can kind of afford to play the youngster, get his feet wet, and let either Pronger or OD rest.
Of course, if Gustafsson shows the Flyers he can play, then there’s no reason to make a trade. That’s always a good thing.
…It was bound to happen once Chris Pronger returned from the Injured Reserve. Walker played OK for the Flyers in his short four game stint, but there simply isn’t enough room on the blue line for him. With him clearing, he heads to the Adirondack Phantoms, which opens up almost $2 million in salary for the Flyers, something that will come in handy come trade deadline time.
Check out Eric Wellwood’s speed in this goal during his time with the Phantoms this season. Courtesy of @PSPhantoms (Tim McManus)
To start a new bit I’ll try to do once a week here on the blog, I present to you “Down on the Pharm”. In these posts, I’ll post a tidbit of what’s going on in the Adirondacks with the Flyers’ AHL affiliate, the Phantoms. The Phantoms have a fantastic beat writer at the Glens-Falls Post Star by the name of Tim McManus that I recommend you all follow on twitter: @PSPhantoms.
This week, McManus broke the news to the hockey world as to the dismissal of the once promising forward Pat Maroon. Since that time, the Flyers organization has signed Denis Hamel, a veteran of professional hockey to replace Maroon on the Phantoms. This week, McManus sat down with Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren and the two discussed the recent movements in the Adirondacks, and how those moves may impact the Flyers moving forward.
I encourage you to check out McManus’s work at the Post-Star, and read the transcript of his chat with Homer here: FLYERS G.M. HOLMGREN ON MAROON, HAMEL, GILBERT, ALLENTOWN, AND MORE
I’m sure you read numerous times over the past day or so that Johan Backlund resigned with the Flyers to the tune of a 2-year deal with the organization. I just made you read it again. Backlund’s deal is simple: it’s of the two-way variety and if Johan ends up with the Flyers, he’ll be paid around $800,000; if his home is in the Adirondacks, he’ll make just shy of $200,000.
The fact that he has been resigned, when it seemed that many teams overseas were looking for his services, leads me to believe one thing: he is definitely going to be either the back-up on the Flyers’ roster next season, or he is going to be the starter for the Adirondack Phantoms next year. Either way, next year will be a full-fledged trial run for Backlund. If the Flyers like what they see, they likely will bring him up to Orange and Black full-time in 2011-2012. Backlund was solid with the Phantoms last season, going 21-17-2. He appeared in just one game for the Flyers, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and saw only two periods of action before getting hurt in the second period. He was tagged with the loss in the game.
You can check out the Philadelphia Flyers’ Official Press Release here: FLYERS SIGN BACKLUND TO MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT