The Philadelphia Flyers are still mired in their season opening slump. However, they received a quick boost thanks to young call-up Tye McGinn. The rookie made an impact instantly, scoring three goals in his first two games. For a team that’s stuck in the mud, it was a much-needed jolt.
And now the Flyers are sending him back to the AHL.
In order to make room for Scott Hartnell‘s return from his rib injury for tomorrow night’s game against the New York Islanders, Philadelphia demoted McGinn to the Adironback Phantoms. Its a curious move for a team desperately needing goals, but GM Paul Holmgren made it keeping continuity in mind.
“Obviously Tye’s played pretty well,” Holmgren said. “It’s just a question of continuity and the anticipation of Scott getting back in the lineup possibly as soon as tomorrow.
“We needed to create a roster spot. It was a decision to go with the guys that are here and keep Tye playing. It’s a tough decision because of how he’s played. It came down to more of a comfortable feeling with the coaches.”
To be fair to Holmgren, McGinn didn’t score any goals in his next two games, so it could very well have been just a quick lightning in a bottle moment. Still, the Flyers are desperate for any positives they can get, and for a little while McGinn was definitely something to feel good about.
For what its worth, interim coach Craig Berube agrees with Holmgren’s move.
“It’s never easy,” he said. “It’s not like he played bad. He was competitive. He scored three goals for us. He’s just got to learn to be a little bit more consistent – especially when you’re trying to crack it all the time. He’s got to be hard on pucks and be a consistent player all the time.”
Don’t be surprised if McGinn is back in a Flyers sweater soon rather than later, though. He made enough of an impact to catch the team’s attention, and they know exactly where to find him if they need more scoring down the road.