Versteeg likely on Richards' line; Boosh getting call

Kris Versteeg will play in his first game tonight after being acquired by the Flyers on Monday. (Dave Chidley/AP Photo)


   TAMPA _ The Flyers did not do any line rushes during Tuesday’s morning skate in Tampa, but head coach Peter Laviolette hinted that newly acquired right winger Kris Versteeg would be on a unit with Mike Richards.

    Said Versteeg about the Flyers, “I look at their depth, and it’s like, ‘Holy bleep!’ ”

    Versteeg wore No. 32 in Chicago and Toronto, but has switched to No. 10, the number he wore growing up.


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    “This is a fresh start for me,” he said.

   After being dealt to the Flyers, Versteeg _ who was also on the radar of Atlanta and Florida _ talked with Ben Eager and Sharp, two of his former Chicago teammates who played in Philadelphia. They gave him glowing reports.

    “They told me all the great things about playing here and all the good guys in the room,” he said. “Just hearing yer assurance from guys who have been here and know a lot about it makes me feel a lot

    Brian Boucher will be in the nets for Tuesday’s night’s key game in Tampa Bay, which will be without three key injured players: F Ryan Malone, F Nate Thompson and Mike Lundin, the team’s best stay-at-home defenseman.

    Jody Shelley, Nik Zherdev and Oskars Bartulis were healthy scratches.

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   Lightning forward Simon Gagne, a former Flyer, was all smiles. His wife gave birth to their first daughter, Lily Rose.

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