The Philadelphia Flyers have done a lot of weird things this offseason. They never re-signed Simon Gagne, but they signed not one but two aging defensemen and threw in a aging center. So yes, they have made some questionable moves, but their most recent roster change may be for the better.
After dropping their home opener, the Flyer took a look at their team and decided that perhaps rookie Scott Laughton did need a bit more experience and development before he was given a spot on their roster. It makes sense for them to send him back. Laughton’s a young player and the team wants him to get some more experience. It’s likely that if they get stuck with bad injuries this year, Laughton will get called up.
So good move on the Flyers — until you realize, “hang on, they never signed Gagne and are not using Michael Raffl.”
Raffl was one the players they were really looking at to take a spot, which was one the conclusions fans came to regarding why Gagne was not back with the team. So what player really impressed the Flyers to take Laughton’s place on the team? Kris Newbury.
You know, the Newbury who immediately started fighting in their first preseason game and has been a huge enforcer for the Adirondack Phantoms, the team’s AHL affiliate? With guys on the team like Zac Rinaldo, Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill, why the need for yet another enforcer? There isn’t any need.
This team continues to do wacky things and have all of us scratching our heads and wondering if Paul Holmgren will ever get fired.