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Flyers finalize roster, add Hal Gill—puck drops on Wednesday

Oct 1, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT


The Flyers had some hoops to jump through, but they managed to slip below the NHL salary cap just in time for Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline. With that hurdle cleared, the front office went back to work on adding the final pieces of the puzzle that is the club’s 23-man roster.

They wasted no time in placing Chris Pronger on long-term injured reserve as anticipated, freeing up the space to make some final moves ahead of their first scheduled game. With the cap successfully circumvented, the Flyers recalled Adam Hall from Adirondack, where the fourth-line winger was loaned until all the financial stuff could blow over.

The big news however was the official welcoming of defenseman Hal Gill to Philadelphia. Gill was with the squad during training camp on a tryout basis, and now is set to begin his 16th season in the NHL donning the Orange & Black for the first time.

Gill has always been purely a stay-at-home defender, but still a decent one considering he’s 38 years of age. He should only further bolster a group of bluelines that’s healthy and looks improved over last season’s unit.

Unlike Hall, Bruno Gervais was not recalled after his salary was dumped to the minors. He will remain with the Phantoms until further notice.

The other roster move of note was 19-year-old Scott Laughton making the team—for now anyway. Once again, the Flyers will have nine games to evaluate the 2012 first-round pick, after which his NHL contract will kick in. If he’s demoted before then, he’ll keep his junior eligibility.

It seems the plan is to have Laughton skate as a third-line wing, a job there was an ongoing battle over at camp. Chris VandeVelde and Michael Raffl were the primary competition, and both are currently stationed at Adirondack, so another move might be on the horizon eventually.

Here’s a look at the full roster as it stands now. How would you construct the lines?

Forwards (13):
Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Adam Hall, Scott Hartnell, Scott Laughton, Vincent Lecavalier, Matt Read, Zac Rinaldo, Jay Rosehill, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Maxine Talbot, Kakub Voracek

Defensemen (8):
Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Hal Gill, Erik Gustafsson, Andrej Meszaros, Luke Schenn, Mark Streit, Kimmo Timonen

Goalies (2):
Ray Emery, Steve Mason

The 2013-14 NHL season begins tonight in a handful of arenas across North America, followed by a few more on Wednesday—the Wells Fargo Center included. By Thursday evening, hockey season will be in full effect.

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  1. My Two Cents - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    First Line: Voracek, Giroux, Hartnell
    Second Line: Schenn, Lecavalier, Simmonds
    Third Line: Couturier, Read, Laughton
    Fourth Line: Hall, Talbot, Rinaldo
    Bench: Rosehill

    First Line: Timonen, Coburn
    Second Line: Streit, Gill
    Third Line: Grossmann, Meszaros
    Bench: Gustafsson

    Bench: Mason

    • Lava - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      You forgot Luke Schenn.

      1 – Timonen, Coburn
      2 – Streit, Schenn
      3 – Grossmann/ Gustafsson,

      Bench: Gill / Meszaros

      • What? - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        How dumb are you to think that Meszaros will be in the presser? Have you watched hockey before? Gill or Gus will be the 7th D man.

        Also, Read plays wing and Laughton and Cooter play center. The lines above are hilarious.

      • Pete - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        @What! – Sounds like you need to step back from the caffine. A lot of pent up frustration coming from your way.

      • Lol - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        Mez sucks. Total defensive liability and prone to injury. With Hal here, he’s definitely gonna get traded.

      • Jay D - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Do you guys realize how bad old man hal gill is gonna be beat by speed….its gonna look bad

      • Lava - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        @What? – I watch plenty of hockey. Have you seen a single game in the past 3 years?

        a.) Mesz is our #7 defensemen currently, he hasn’t been a solid defensemen since 2010-11. He’s a liability in our zone and he’s been plagued by injuries.

        b.) There’s no way the flyers keep 8 defensemen on the roster. Somebody’s gotta go. And considering they just signed Hal Gil, it looks to me like Mesz is the odd man out.

        @Jay D – Nobody (except “My Two Cents”) thinks Gil is going to be your every day starter. He’s an injury replacement at best. He’s still serviceable and is a MUCH better option than Gervais.

  2. psudrozz - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    nobody gets fired up to see hal “no skill” gill.


    • Matt S. - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      If all goes well on the injury front you won’t see him at all. He’s just a last ditch depth defensemen making league minimum for 1 year and honestly it’s not like he’s any worse than Gervais.


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