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.
With Betts, the Flyers again have 50 contracts, the maximum allowed.
Sean Couturier's contract doesn't count until his 11th game (he would be the 51st contract), while his three-year entry level deal goes into effect in his 10th game.
Breakaways. In two games, Ilya Bryzgalov has a 0.50 goals-against average and .977 save percentage……Claude Giroux has a goal in each game….Wayne Simmonds and James van Riemsdyk lead the Flyers with seven shots each....The Flyers play their first game at the WFC Wednesday by hosting Vancouver, a Stanley Cup finalist last season.
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