Last Thursday, I spoke on the phone with former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Boucher.
Boucher retired from hockey back in October when he was released from EV Zug, a team from the National League A in Switzerland after playing five games.
I called Boucher for a different story I was doing for the Press of Atlantic City. Along with a handful of Flyers and New Jersey Devils alumni, Boucher was playing in the Red Line Classic: Battle of the Boards at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Sunday. Team Orange, the team Boucher played on, beat Team White 8-7.
The Flyers have assigned left winger Michael Raffl and defensemen Oliver Lauridsen to Adirondack, general manager Paul Holmgren said.
Raffl, who was signed during last season from Austria, played in four preseason games. The Flyers were said to be high on the 24-year-old, but he went scoreless in his preseason games with a minus-1 rating.
Lauridsen saw plenty of time with the Flyers during last season due to injuries and looked good in most of his games. The big-bodied 24-year-old scored two goals and an assist in those 15 games.
UPDATE -- The Flyers have signed both Austrian left winger Michael Raffi as well as 20-year-old QMJHL defenseman Maxin Lamarche.
In a statement on Raffi, who lit up international play for Austria:
“Both (Director of Player Personnel) Dave Brown and myself as well as (European Scout) Ilkka (Sinisalo) saw him at the World Championships and he’s a good player,” said Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor. “You noticed him over there. He’s got skill. He thinks the game. He’s a versatile guy and can do a lot of different things.”
Everyone around the NHL cringed after seeing Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson go down after having his Achilles tendon torn by the skate of Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke back in February.
Everyone is now cringing after seeing the bloody skate of that which belongs to Flyers forward Eric Wellwood.
In Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NY Islanders) of the AHL, Wellwood, playing with the Adirondack Phantoms, severely cut his right leg with his left skate. He left a trail of blood all the way from the ice to the locker room.
The Flyers have recalled rookie defenseman Oliver Lauridsen this morning according to Diana Nearhos of the Post-Star.
In a move anticipating the loss of another defenseman, the Flyers recalled the 6'6", 220-pound stay-at-home blue liner. Braydon Coburn was injured in yesterday's 4-3 loss and may miss some time with this move.
The Flyers have recalled forward Eric Wellwood from the Adirondack Phantoms.
Wellwood will be available to play tonight in New York against the Rangers. It isn't known if he will dress yet.
The Flyers made the move while Harry Zolnierczyk serves a four-game suspension for his hit on Ottawa's Matt Lundin. If Wellwood doesn't dress, Mike Knuble is likely to take Zolnierczyk's place on the fourth line.
The Adirondack are back in Philadelphia for one night.
Playing against the Wilkes-Barre Penguins tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, the Phantoms are expecting to play in front of a sold out crowd nearing 20,000 tonight. They will wear their throwback Phantoms jerseys as well for the occasion.
They are also bringing back Tom Sestito for the night. The move is more of a service for Sestito, who hasn't dressed the last six games for the Flyers.