Flyers appear ready to waive Jones

  With a week left before the season starts, the Flyers have some tricky roster decisions.

   Foremost: Do they waive defenseman Randy Jones?

   That appears imminent, a club source said Friday.

    If they don't waive him, the Flyers might deal the 28-year-old Jones to the New York Rangers, who are searching for a defenseman.

    If they waive Jones, the Flyers would free up $2.75 million of cap space _ and open spots for defensemen Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Danny Syvret.

    It would probably also enable them to keep both James van Riemsdyk and Mika Pyorala, wingers who have had impressive training camps.

    GM Paul Holmgren seemed miffed at the Jones speculation after Friday's practice in Voorhees, but another club source said Jones could be waived as early as Saturday.

    If Jones clears waivers and is sent to the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, he would have to go through re-entry waivers before rejoing the Flyers. If a team claimed him on re-entry waivers, they would equally share the cap hit _ $1.375 million _ with the Flyers. 

   The Flyers play their sixth preseason game Saturday night in New Jersey. Brian Boucher, who has struggled in the preseason (4.39 GAA), is slated to play the entire game for the Flyers, while Ray Emery (2.20 GAA) gets the call in Tuesday's preseason finale against visiting Minnesota.

    The Flyers' season begins next Friday in Carolina.