Backup goalie Brian Boucher will go on the injured-reserve list, which will open a spot on the Flyers' opening-night roster.
A player must sit out seven days from his last game _ in Boucher's case, it was last Saturday in New Jersey _ after he is placed on injured reserve. Boucher has a lower-body injury and figures to miss Friday's game in Carolina and Saturday's game in New Jersey. Beyond that, his status is unknown.
When a player goes on the injured-reserve list (as opposed to the long-term injury list), his salary counts against the cap but his roster spot does not.
Without Boucher, the Flyers will have 24 players; they could get down to 23 players (the maximum allowed) if they send Randy Jones to the AHL Phantoms, though the team is concerned by Ole-Kristian Tollefsen's troublesome hip.