As expected, the Flyers on Monday placed a forward on waivers.
Somewhat surprisingly, general manager Ron Hextall placed forwards Taylor Leier and Dale Weise on waivers, where one of the other 30 NHL teams can put in a claim and would have to keep them on their current roster. Leier has the more desirable contract with one year at $700,000, as opposed to Weise, who still has two years remaining at a $2.35 million cap hit.
If Leier and Weise both clear waivers, one or both can be sent to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Leier had the more consistent training camp and preseason between the two players and responded by scoring a goal and adding an assist in the Flyers' 4-1 victory over the Bruins Saturday.
Part of the decision making into finalizing the roster was determining which forwards could contribute to the team’s penalty-kill unit. Both Leier and Weise saw extensive time on the PK during the preseason, but neither guy was expected to be in the lineup for the season opener Thursday in Las Vegas.
Right now, the Flyers' fourth line looks like Scott Laughton, Jori Lehtera and Michael Raffl with Jordan Weal looking more like the healthy scratch to start.
With the Flyers' current roster at 29 players, the move was necessary to get down to the mandatory 23-player limit by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Five of those players are currently injured: Goalies Alex Lyon and Michal Neuvirth, forwards Corban Knight and Pascal Laberge and defenseman Samuel Morin.
The Flyers will also be faced with a corresponding decision once Knight is healthy to return, but that doesn’t appear to be anytime soon.
The next 24 hours could also bring league-wide activity as all 31 NHL teams will look to reduce their rosters, and the Flyers could find themselves interested in claiming another team’s player as well.
Just nine days ago, the Flyers lost winger Danick Martel to the Lightning.