One day after another lifeless loss, the Flyers have slightly shaken things up.
The Flyers on Sunday afternoon sent center Mikhail Vorobyev to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and recalled wingers Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Tyrell Goulbourne. Corban Knight was also placed on injured reserve.
Vorobyev's demotion should come as no surprise. He made the Flyers out of training camp but didn't do enough to stick around. He performed well in his first two games but then sat as a healthy scratch for four games. Saturday was his first game back in the lineup and he played just seven shifts. Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol clearly didn't trust him (see story).
"We're down in a game and I'm looking for guys that are going to go out and try to help us get back into it and I wasn't confident that he was going to be able to do that," Hakstol said. "He's a young guy that has been out of the lineup.
"It can be hard to come in and be really sharp and make some of the plays that we need to have made. Yet, you can always bring energy, you can always bring intensity and you can always bring effort, and that's what's expected."
Aube-Kubel and Goulbourne will join the Flyers on their upcoming four-game road trip. Aube-Kubel's skill will be a welcomed addition to the Flyers' bottom six. The 2014 second-round pick has three goals and seven points in eight games this season with the Phantoms.
Goulbourne, 24, had a nine-game stint with the Flyers last season. It's clear why general manager Ron Hextall opted to bring him up — to bring energy. This Flyers team has played with no heart and Goulbourne will certainly help in that area.
Knight left the Flyers' 6-1 loss to the Islanders on Saturday in the first period with an upper-body injury. While the Flyers do not reveal injury information, Knight took a Ryan Pulock slap shot to his right hand in the first period.
Knight missed the beginning of the season because of an upper-body injury after making the roster in training camp and then played in three games before suffering his latest injury.
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