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Bye Bye Guerin

Thanks for stopping by, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.  Bill Guerin failed to prove that he can still play, and the Flyers released him back into the wild yesterday. Aside from a fluke goal, he didn’t contribute anything to the team.  He looked slow, gave the puck away, and just did not fit with our fast paced system. With final rosters due tomorrow, he wasn’t the only cut that the team made.

Mike Testwuide, Marc-Andre Bourdon, and Johan Backlund were all sent down to the Phantoms.  From the two games I did get to see, Bourdon looks the most NHL ready out of all the young guys.  I never noticed when Testwuidewas on the ice; I expected at least to see him mix it up physically to get himself noticed.  Still, it seems that the team is still high on him, because they obviously saw more of him than I did. Still, I think if we hadn’t picked up a few defensemen in the offseason and thrown a few dollars at them, Bourdon would have made the roster.  I won’t be too shocked if we see him called up a few times this season. So now that leaves us to see who did make the cut.

Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher will remain up with the club until Michael Leighton returns in a month or so. We still don’t know if Bocuher will be the #1 guy to start the season yet because Laviolette hasn’t made that clear just yet. GM Paul Holmgren has made it clear that he’d like to see “SpongeBob SquarePads”  (stupid ass nickname; I choose not to recognize it from here on out) in a real NHL game.

Asked whether he’d like to see “Bob” in a game, Holmgren replied, “Yeah, I think he’s played good.  We’ll see. That’s up to the coaches.”

The other guy left on the bubble is Andreas Nodl.  Right now the roster sits at 24 players, and the limit is 23. Although I think they’ll tinker with the injured list and won’t have to squeeze anyone else out for the time being. So we wait until tomorrow to see exactly what they’ll do. Nodl doesn’t add much on offense, and his job will basically consist of holding down the fort until Lappy comes back. Which actually presents an interesting scenario for Lappy.  We’ve added toughness to the team by acquiring Shelley and O’Donnel, and we still have Carcillo. If Nodl plays very well, that might mean we’ve seen the last of Lappy, which sucks because he’s missing time after taking a puck to the face for us, something I’m sure he’d gladly do again if it meant helping the team.

2 more days til puck drop!

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Tags: Andreas Nodl Bill Guerin Brian Boucher Ian Laperierre Marc-Andre Bourdon Michael Leighton Mike Testwuide Philadelphia Flyers Sergei Bobrovsky

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