Flyers forward Mika Pyorala will not be joining the Flyers this afternoon when they leave Philadelphia for a three-game trip that begins in Western Canada.
Pyorala, who was a healthy scratch in today’s game against the Islanders for the 17th time in 19 games, will be re-assigned to Adirondack (AHL) to sharpen his skills and get more playing time.
Pyorala’s last game was Jan. 14 in Toronto, when he filled in for late scratch Scott Hartnell just prior to warmups. The Oulu, Finland, native played 36 consecutive games to start the season before his first scratch on Dec. 21. The defensively responsible, third line forward has two goals and two assists for four points.
Barring an injury to one of the Flyers’ other forwards, Pyorala will likely remain on the Phantoms for the duration of the Olympic break when rosters are frozen (Feb. 15 to 23).