Even when he was demoted to the Adirondack Phantoms for a brief vacation, Brayden Schenn never really strayed too far from the Flyers.
He maintained a stall inside the Flyers’ locker room both at their practice facility and in the Wells Fargo Center, even though there was no equipment in it.
And now he’s back.
The Flyers re-called Schenn from Adirondack on Wednesday, the day after Jody Shelley finally completed his five-game suspension, allowing Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk to be sent back to the Phantoms.
We detailed the possibilities of the move in today’s paper.
With the new roster moves, the Flyers are just about $11,000 under the $64.3 million salary cap, if I am doing the math correctly. That’s with Ian Laperriere and Blair Betts on the long-term injury list.
Credit is absolutely due to Rinaldo, who updated me today that his playing weight is actually 185 pounds instead of the listed 169 pounds that I put in the paper. No matter, he still has the heart of a warrior to try and take down guys like Dustin Penner – who is 6 inches taller and nearly 60 pounds heavier – as he did last Saturday night.
It was simply Schenn’s time.
He forced the Flyers’ hand, posting 8 points in his first 4 games in the AHL, jumping up to second in overall league scoring. Schenn struggled through a shoulder injury in training camp and combined with his high salary cap hit made it impossible to fit him on the roster.
Now, Schenn’s salary cap has been diminished by nearly $1.75 million just by sitting in Adirondack for a week and a half – and it looks as if the Flyers’ top prospect is here to stay.
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