Veteran center Blair Betts, claimed off waivers by Montreal last week, has been sent back to the Flyers.
In effect, the league ruled that Betts was damaged goods; he did not pass Montreal's physical and the team called it a "lower-body injury."
"While it is clear that both clubs have acted in good faith in this unique situation (waiver claim), 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," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Therefore, it is my decision that, per league bylaws, the appropriate resolution to this matter is to restore the parties to the position they were in prior to the waiver claim on Oct. 5."
In order to have cap space, the Flyers placed Ian Laperriere on the long-term injured reserve list. They now have about $500,000 in cap room.