With training camp coming to an end, it is time for the Flyers to head out on what could be a long journey.
One last session on Saturday was all the Flyers needed before they take flight to Toronto on Sunday. The groups that took to the ice were purposefully divided. The main group being full of players who would be a part of the team’s go-to roster for the playoffs.
The second group was full of players potentially making the trip with the Flyers. Final rosters will be released later today where we will find out the group of extras heading to Toronto.
Among the main group was Joel Farabee. He has look good during camp and was given a long look in the team’s top-six. But he acknowledged after practice that he was on the lineup bubble. So he will be heading to Toronto, but he isn’t necessarily in the starting lineup.
A positive sign, though, was that Farabee was seen getting regular ice time with Kevin Hayes on the penalty kill. So that could be a place we see him if he is to enter the lineup at some point.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel also swapped out on rushes among the fourth line players. That doesn’t necessarily mean he is also on the bubble for the playoffs. But it was an interesting sight to see.
The two are certainly locks to make the final playoff roster. But they might have to fight a bit harder to get playing time.
There was good news as Carter Hart was back on the ice and a full participant. It appeared the absence the last few days was precautionary. But he should be ready to go come the exhibition game on Tuesday. He is expected to split time with Brian Elliott that night.
There weren’t many other surprises from the last day of camp. Sean Couturier returned after him and his wife welcomed their first child. Special teams was again a focus during camp.
Important to note that that Michel Therrien spoke after practice and mentioned his work with the power play unit. When asked about Claude Giroux’s spot on the right wall, he admitted a short term loss to hopefully get Giroux more comfortable with both sides.
So while we have seen Giroux back in his normal spot during camp, we might not be able to rule out seeing him on the other side at some point.
The Flyers have a determined group heading into Toronto. Pittsburgh is their first opponent before the playoff run begins.