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Scott Laughton returns to Flyers, Nolan Patrick placed on long-term injured reserve

Scott Laughton returns to Flyers, Nolan Patrick placed on long-term injured reserve

VOORHEES, N.J. — In the latest salary cap juggle, the Flyers activated Scott Laughton from long-term injured reserve Friday and placed Nolan Patrick on LTIR.

On Oct. 26, Laughton suffered a broken right index finger that required surgery. With Andy Andreoff loaned to AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, Laughton will return to the lineup Saturday when the Flyers play the Flames at the Wells Fargo Center (1 p.m. ET/NBCSP). The 25-year-old Laughton, an underrated depth piece with positional versatility, is one of the Flyers' top penalty kill forwards.

“Scotty, before that unfortunate injury, was playing good hockey for our team," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Friday after practice. "Him and Kevin Hayes seemed to have some good chemistry at the time, too, so I’m hoping that they take off exactly where they were prior to the injury. Scott is going to help us on the PK, also. He’s a good penalty killer. Looking forward to having him back in the lineup.”

Laughton underwent surgery Oct. 30 and was placed on LTIR the next day.

“I just wanted to be at a good grip strength where I could come back and not hinder the team with my play," Laughton said Friday. "That’s what I’m looking to do and I’m just excited.

“There’s some stuff in there that there’s going to be a long process no matter what. It’s a broken bone, so things have to heal and everything, but it’s good enough where I can shoot at full and battle … pretty much good to go.”

Patrick missed training camp/preseason and has not played in 2019-20 because of a migraine disorder. The purpose of putting Patrick on LTIR is for salary cap relief. The move is retroactive, which would allow Patrick to return when/if he's ready without the 21-year-old center having to miss 24 calendar days and 10 games.

Patrick has not practiced with the Flyers since toward the end of October, when he was starting to do so in a non-contact jersey.

"Nolan’s a player who will help us win a lot of hockey games when he gets back," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said Oct. 31. "We’re hopeful. It’s a tough situation. Again, I won’t speculate because I can’t. I can’t predict what will happen. ... It would be hard for any human being to predict when that will all come together for him."

Here's how the Flyers project to look Saturday afternoon at the forward position:

Claude Giroux-Morgan Frost-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton-Kevin Hayes-Joel Farabee
James van Riemsdyk-Michael Raffl-Tyler Pitlick

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Flyers give 15-year-old fan a contract, and then the day of his life

Flyers give 15-year-old fan a contract, and then the day of his life

The Flyers announced an eye-catching transaction Thursday: a one-day contract with a young local hockey fan, 15-year-old Blake Steigauf.

Steigauf, an enormous Flyers fan and a sophomore at Manheim Central High School who was diagnosed with cancer last April, partnered with Make-A-Wish Philadelphia and on Thursday spent a dream day with the Flyers.

Currently a player for Manehim Central's high school hockey team, Steigauf hit the ice with his favorite player, Flyers captain Claude Giroux, and spent time on the ice during practice with the team.

After taking a few shots — and netting a few goals — against Flyers goalie Brian Elliott, Steigauf and Giroux were chatting when Giroux gave Steigauf his stick and told the young star it was his to keep.

When Giroux gave Steigauf his stick, Elliott swooped in from behind and chirped the Flyers captain: "You've scored more with it than he has."

After practice, Giroux talked about Steigauf's game, and leaned into the razzing.

"You can see that [Steigauf's] been playing," Giroux said. "He's got a good shot. It was good. I gave him my stick, so hopefully ... those sticks don't score a lot of goals, but hopefully he's gonna change that."

In his locker stall after practice, Steigauf was thrilled.

"I'm speechless," Steigauf said. "It was just phenomenal out there. All the guys, they're truly amazing."

Steigauf and Giroux shared lunch together, where Steigauf hopefully gave Giroux a few pointers:

After practice, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher announced the one-day contract at a press conference. Steigauf will join the Flyers on Friday for their Feb. 28 game against the Rangers, according to the team:

Blake's game-day experience will mirror that of his new official teammates, arriving at the arena through the private player's entrance, dressing in an official locker room stall, and lining up alongside the team in the player tunnel. Sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime moment, Blake will lead the team out of the tunnel onto the ice and take an official solo "rookie lap" around Wells Fargo Center ice before watching warmups from the team bench. 

As his final game-night duty, Head Coach Alain Vigneault has requested that Blake present the night's starting lineup before he returns to the ice and stands side-by-side with the starters on the blue line during the singing of the National Anthem.

Both on and off the ice, the Flyers are on a roll.

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Flyers Talk podcast: What to expect with new-look 2019-20 team

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Flyers Talk podcast: What to expect with new-look 2019-20 team

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall are joined by Joe Fordyce, the Flyers Pre and Postgame Live producer.

From expectations for the newcomers, something to look forward to and more, let's dive in:

0:35 — Get to know the Flyers Pre and Postgame Live producer

3:50 — Fordyce's No. 1 Flyers moment

5:20 — You will love Emmer's top moment

 9:45 — A concern has brought out good sign in Flyers

13:50 — How the Flyers save their best for last

17:00 — Keep expectations in check with Derek Grant and Nate Thompson

20:25 — Recognition for Scott Laughton; his role is increasing

25:00 — Kevin Hayes exceeding expectations and has his own beer!

 28:30 — The finish to February will be huge for the Flyers

 30:00 — Ready for Broadway? Should be fun

 32:00 — An underrated aspect to Flyers' turnaround

 39:00 — A glimpse into Flyers Pre and Postgame Live

44:45 — Emmer's hockey joke of the day!

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