Friday, February 12, 2016

Voracek, Kubina out; Jagr, Manning in

UPDATE: Defenseman Pavel Kubina (upper-body injury) is sidelined and will be replaced by rookie Brandon Manning. The Flyers are missing four regular D-men: Kubina, Kimmo Timonen, Chris Pronger and Andrej Meszaros.

Voracek, Kubina out; Jagr, Manning in


 UPDATE: Defenseman Pavel Kubina (upper-body injury) is sidelined and will be replaced by rookie Brandon Manning. The Flyers are missing four regular D-men: Kubina, Kimmo Timonen, Chris Pronger and Andrej Meszaros.

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  Winger Jaromir Jagr, who injured his hip in Tuesday’s game, was in Thursday's lineup and placed on the fourth line against visiting Florida.

   Jagr, 40, said he “felt better than I thought I would," after the morning skate.

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    Winger Jakub Voracek did not take part in the morning skate, and will miss the game, GM Paul Holmgren said.

    Voracek was checked in the face and crashed to the ice in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Detroit.

    Harry Z, Manning recalled. The Flyers, who have won three straight, recalled forward Harry Zolnierczyk and 21-year-old defenseman Brandon Manning from the Phantoms. Manning, who was an emergency call-up, is insurance in case one of the six defensemen who played Tuesday cannot go against Florida.

  "I think it was an opportunity to keep playing," Zolnierczyk said of his demotion. "Just kind of worked on some things down there and built some confidence. I guess ultimately they'd bring me back here when they were ready. Hopefully, I'll get a chance and make it from there."

  Zolnierczyk gave a glowing report on Manning.

  "He stood out pretty quickly for us as one of our better D," Zolnierczyk said. "He's reliable in all positions. It wasn't too long before he was the quarterback of the power play unit, a big part of penalty killing and a big player 5-on-5. He's definitely built for the pro game and he'll do well when he gets his chance here."

   Manning, who had groin surgery in April and hip surgery before the season, didn't expect the promotion.

   "Anytime it's your first call-up, you're going to be surprised," Manning said. "I know the backend's been hurting for awhile, so it was a possibility and I've been doing what I can do to get ready and hopefully get the call."

   In 32 games with the Phantoms, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Manning had four goals, five assists and 75 penalty minutes. He signed with the Flyers as a free agent on Nov. 23, 2010.

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