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2019-20 Flyers roster: No Joel Farabee or Philippe Myers; things can change

2019-20 Flyers roster: No Joel Farabee or Philippe Myers; things can change

Joel Farabee did everything but score.

He showed everything else during training camp and the preseason to prove he could make the Flyers better in 2019-20.

And that wasn't good enough to crack the team's roster ... for now.

The Flyers had to submit their roster Tuesday by 5 p.m. ET. They did so without Farabee and Philippe Myers on it. The team's regular season opener is Friday in Prague, Czech Republic.

Just six days ago, after Farabee stood out in a preseason game at Madison Square Garden, head coach Alain Vigneault said this about the prospect:

If he's not in the lineup that first game, it would be a surprise.

Maybe Vigneault surprised himself.

A few important things to remember:

• A week ago, general manager Chuck Fletcher stressed how the Flyers' submitted roster would be far from sacrosanct.

"We could even carry 20 or 21, we'll just have to see how the cap situation and how the math works out," he said. "I anticipate an awful lot of roster changes the first six weeks of the year. 

"There's not going to be any final roster, final cuts. There's going to an ebb and flow of players between Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley for the early part of the season, depending on who we're playing, the health of our team, whether we need right shots or left shots, or wingers or centeremen."

The Flyers' roster is at 20 players — 11 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. Three players are on injured reserve. Would the team start the season playing down a forward with an extra defenseman? Highly unlikely.

• These initial transactions could be cap-related moves. According to CapFriendly.com, the Flyers have $283,811 in cap space. Tyler Pitlick is nearing a return and could be ready to go for the opener despite missing all of the preseason and most of training camp. He's with the Flyers in Europe, already counts against the cap and would make sense for the bottom six as the 12th forward.

Farabee could be back if the Flyers decide to move one of their injured players to long-term injured reserve and recall the 19-year-old winger. Will that happen? It's hard to say as Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder) and Andy Welinski (lower body) are considered week to week.

If Farabee stays down, he won't be down for long. He looks like an NHL player right now and there's no doubt he makes this team better.

• The Flyers are still "bullish" on Myers' upside. The 22-year-old defenseman had a so-so camp and preseason. A key in this scenario is that Myers is still waivers exempt. If the Flyers tried to send Samuel Morin to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, he would have to first clear waivers.

Robert Hagg is the steady, reliable option right now, Morin is the extra and Myers needs to play. He will do so in big minutes with the Phantoms.

Forwards

Connor Bunnaman
Sean Couturier
Claude Giroux
Kevin Hayes
Travis Konecny
Scott Laughton
Oskar Lindblom
Michael Raffl
Carsen Twarynski
James van Riemsdyk
Jakub Voracek

Defense

Justin Braun
Shayne Gostisbehere
Robert Hagg
Samuel Morin
Matt Niskanen
Ivan Provorov
Travis Sanheim

Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

Injured non-roster

Nolan Patrick
Tyler Pitlick
Andy Welinski

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Flyers brought back to earth by Coyotes, suffer a first since Oct. 19

Flyers brought back to earth by Coyotes, suffer a first since Oct. 19

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Despite putting up 21 goals over their five-game winning streak, the Flyers had a propensity to score them in bunches when an opponent started derailing.

On Thursday night, the Flyers never got going and were pulled back to earth in a 3-1 loss to the Coyotes at the Wells Fargo Center.

Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper was the biggest difference. The 6-foot-5 netminder who brought an NHL-best 1.97 goals-against average and .936 save percentage to Philly stopped 28 shots.

With 4:43 left, Matt Niskanen scored the Flyers' lone goal and it ricocheted off a Coyote. Arizona iced the game with an empty-netter (see highlights).

The Flyers (16-8-5) suffered just their second regulation loss at home (9-2-4). The last time they failed to pick up a point at home was Oct. 19 when they lost to the Stars, 4-1.

Thursday night's defeat halted the Flyers' winning streak at five games and their point streak at seven. The Flyers had earned at least a point in 18 of their previous 22 games.

The Coyotes (17-9-4), who were allowing the NHL's second-fewest goals per game at 2.31, improved to 10-3-3 on the road.

• The Flyers went on two power plays in the final six minutes of the second period but could not solve Kuemper.

During those two man advantage opportunities, the Flyers put five shots on Kuemper and also misfired three times.

James van Riemsdyk found Morgan Frost with a slick backhanded pass from behind the net but the 20-year-old missed wide.

• Speaking of Frost, he had a tough game. The rookie had a turnover and some difficulty making plays.

He has gone scoreless over his last seven games following his loud start in which he scored three points in his first two games.

Maybe head coach Alain Vigneault takes him off the first line to relieve some pressure.

"Young player, in my estimation, has got a lot of confidence in himself, which is real good," Vigneault said postgame. "Tonight, there were a couple of plays with the puck, like some of our other guys, that the execution might have been a little bit off. But I think overall, the young man is working hard and trying to get better."

Will he stay on the top line?

"I'm going to watch the game and make [changes], if I have some changes to make, [Friday]," Vigneault said. "I like what the young man can bring to the game."

• Vigneault opted to play seven defensemen instead of slotting call-up Mikhail Vorobyev in at fourth-line center.

It's not a bad approach when you have seven healthy blueliners playing well. It also could mean the Flyers aren't ready to trust Vorobyev on the fourth line again.

The Senators game on Saturday looks like a better matchup for Vorobyev, who is in his fifth stint with the club since the start of last season.

• Brian Elliott hadn't lost in regulation since Oct. 29. The Flyers' backup goalie finished with 15 saves.

He allowed a first-period power play goal to Phil Kessel after Claude Giroux was whistled for a ticky-tacky slashing penalty. He then yielded a backbreaking third-period goal to Conor Garland with 7:03 left in the game.

The goalie was not the problem, though.

Sean Couturier was not a problem, either.

• The Flyers wrap up their three-game homestand Saturday when they welcome the Senators (1 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

Next week, the team opens a three-game road trip, which features matchups with the Avalanche on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN), the Wild on Saturday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP) and the Jets on Sunday (5 p.m. ET/NBCSP+).

 

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The 13 Philly-inspired ornaments you need this year

The 13 Philly-inspired ornaments you need this year

If you live in Philadelphia or the surrounding area, it's safe to say there's at least one ornament on your tree representing the city — whether it be a memento from a previous championship Philly has seen, famous landmarks or even the skyline, you're repping one way or another.

Throw everything you thought you knew about Philly ornaments out the window and make way for Jawnaments ... yes, you read that correctly.

Jawnaments. I swear, there is no place like Philadelphia.

Jawnaments is an Etsy shop that has been around since 2017 but they recently released a ton of non-traditional Philadelphia-inspired ornaments. And they're a thing of beauty.

Can you only function throughout the week because of the daily coffee you grab at Wawa and want to highlight that on your tree this year? They've got you covered.

Haven't received a parking ticket in the city in a while and just miss the stress and anxiety they bring with them? Yup, they've got that covered too.

The Tastykake Krimpet and Kandy Kake ornaments look good enough to eat ... even a classic soft pretzel with yellow mustard is an option.

And since Gritty is just about everywhere in the world ... it he. On an ornament. Oh sorry, *Jawnament.

Trust me, there are a ton of other options but you're just going to have to check out the full shop to see the beauty of it all.

You might even have to get a mini tree that's dedicated to the city you know and love. Heck, keep it up all year!

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