Flyers Make More Roster Moves, Coburn Will Likely Play

22 Nov

VOORHEES, N.J. — Brayden Schenn is still wearing a protective shoe on his left foot, but the Flyers have activated him anyway. He has been practicing with the team for about a week now and missed the last 11 games with a broken foot, suffered when he blocked a P.K. Subban slapshot on Oct. 26.

After Tuesday’s practice, the Flyers took Schenn off long-term injured reserve and put him with the Adirondack Phantoms, seemingly to get some rehab games under his belt. Kevin Marshall will be making the trip up north with him. Marshall, 22, made his NHL debut Monday night, playing 14:11 with two blocked shots. He was a minus-1, but felt good after the game.

“At first I had a little butterflies like everybody else in his first NHL game, but being with all those veterans, I had a lot of ice time with Matty Carle and he was making the game so much easier for me,” said Marshall. “That’s what veterans are there for and they make me feel comfortable and I think for a first game I did pretty good.”

Harry Zolnierczyk was sent to the ECHL on Monday, but barely had time for a cup of coffee with the Trenton Titans. He has been recalled and will likely make the trip to Long Island for Wednesday night’s game.

So what do all those roster moves mean? For one, it means that one of the injured defensemen who did not play Monday night, will play on Wednesday. According to general manager Paul Holmgren, Chris Pronger won’t be making the trip, so it looks like Braydon Coburn will suit up after missing a game with an upper-body injury.

He skated with the team on Tuesday with limited contact.

“I feel good,” said Coburn after practice. “It’s just a matter of being cleared by a doctor. Any time you miss a game it’s frustrating. I think any guy in this dressing room will tell you that.”

That leaves the Flyers with 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. They are right at the 23-man limit for the roster. Their cap situation is confusing because they have Ian Laperriere and Erik Gustafsson on long-term injured reserve, but Holmgren confirmed Monday night that the team is in compliance.

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