Flyers waive Randy Jones, free cap space

  As expected, the Flyers Saturday placed high-priced defenseman Randy Jones on waivers, opening cap space that will enable them to keep some other young players on their opening-night roster.
    Jones, 28, who had off-season hip surgery and struggled in the preseason, earns $3 million and has a $2.75 cap hit.
   Should Jones clear waivers and be sent to the AHL Adirondack Phantoms, the Flyers would still be responsible for his salary but it would not count against the $56.8 million cap.
   With the move, the Flyers should be able to keep both James van Riemsdyk and Mika Pyorala _ two impressive rookie wingers _ on their roster. Blair Betts is also expected to make the team.
    The decision also means defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Danny Syvret figure to be on the roster. Tollefsen will likely be paired with Ryan Parent as the third defensive duo.

   If Jones is sent to the Phantoms and the Flyers attempt to recall him, another team can claim him on re-entry waivers. If that happened, the new team and the Flyers would split the cap hit ($1.375 million apiece).

   The Flyers play a preseason game in New Jersey tonight (WIP radio).