In case you’ve been living under the rock for the past couple of days, the NHL officially announced late last Saturday night that they were going to a lockout. Fans remain frustrated as we enter day 4 and the two parties are just now thinking of meeting again. Things are not looking good, so the only solace that Flyers fans are going to be able to seek is by paying attention to the Flyers AHL affiliate the Adirondack Phantoms.
A few days before the lockout was officially announced the Flyers management annouced that they were sending top Flyers rookies Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo and Brayden Schenn down to the minors. They are not the only Flyers rookie/prospects to be sent to the Phantoms, the organization has sent 26 other prospect to the Phatoms. The full list can be reviewed here. Scott Laughton, Nick Cousins, and Derek Mathers have all also been assigned to the junior clubs.
This was actually a smart move on Paul Holmgren’s part. Rather than having these kids sit back and wait for the league to come back, they will still be playing so that when the lockout ends they will be prepared to play for the Flyers. This is definitely going to help with developing these rookies better. It also keeps them from signing with a European team or getting injuried on a different team. It keeps them close, especially Couturier, Rinaldo and Schenn, all three of whom played extensively for the Flyers last season. This way when the lockout ends the Flyers can just call these player up and put them back on the roster.
Now is there anyway for the Phantoms to just come back to Philly while the lockout is still in progress?
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