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Injured Betts returned to Flyers

Blair Betts is back with the Flyers. But not by choice.

Injured Betts returned to Flyers

Blair Betts is back with the Flyers.

But not by choice.

Just four days after being claimed on waivers by Montreal, Betts was returned to the Flyers by the NHL, for violating by-law 11.8 (a), which states that a player must be physically fit at the time the claim is made.

Thus, the Canadiens refused the waiver claim once Betts arrived in Toronto for the opening night game with a knee injury. Betts was forced to miss that game.

Betts, who missed 26 games over two seasons with the Flyers because of various injuries, has not been a very durable player. Part of that is because of his rugged style of play and role in the lineup, always putting himself in harm’s way on the penalty kill to block shots in precarious situations.

"I am not prepared to dispute the conclusion of the Montreal club doctors that Mr. Betts was physically unfit to play at the time of the claim," Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Therefore, it is my decision ... is to restore the parties to the position they were in prior to the waiver claim on Oct. 5."

As we wrote on Friday, Betts was seen limping through the Flyers' practice rink near the end of training camp with a heavily bandaged left knee and a full bag of ice.

Nonetheless, it will be a strange situation for Betts, returning to a team that just waived him on Wednesday.

The Flyers have a complete day off on Sunday after opening the season with a 2-0 start for the 14th time in franchise history courtesy of a 3-0 shutout win in New Jersey on Saturday night.

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