Flyers waive 4 players

Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Before even taking the ice at Herb Brooks Arena, the Flyers’ roster has shrunk to 27 players. 

The Flyers placed four players on waivers on Thursday, including forwards Ben Holmstrom and Kris Newbury, defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon and goaltender Yann Danis.

The other 29 teams have until noon on Friday to place a claim. Otherwise, all four will be assigned to the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms, who will open their own training camp just 90 miles south in Glens Falls, N.Y., this week.

Holmstrom, 26, was the captain of the Phantoms last season. He played his first game in nearly 9 months on Sunday in London, Ontario, after rehabbing from a torn ACL suffered Dec. 8, 2012.

Newbury, 31, was the AHL’s 10th leading scorer last season. The Flyers acquired him an offseason trade for defenseman Danny Syvret. Newbury is the AHL’s fourth-highest paid player at $300,000.

Bourdon, 24, hasn’t played competitively since Nov. 2011 after sustaining at least his third concussion in less than a year. He worked hard this summer to try and get ready for training camp, but his symptoms have not yet fully dissipated. Bourdon is on a one-way contract paying him $600,000 this season.

Danis, 32, has 53 NHL games under his belt. He did not see any preseason action. He is also the AHL’s second-highest paid player at $325,000.

The Flyers’ roster now stands at 15 forwards, 10 defensemen and 2 goaltenders. They will likely only need to make four cuts (1 forward, 3 defensemen):

14 Sean Couturier
28 Claude Giroux
18 Adam Hall
19 Scott Hartnell
21 Scott Laughton
40 Vinny Lecavalier
12 Michael Raffl
24 Matt Read
36 Zac Rinaldo
37 Jay Rosehill
10 Brayden Schenn
17 Wayne Simmonds
25 Max Talbot
76 Chris Vandevelde
93 Jake Voracek 

5 Braydon Coburn
27 Bruno Gervais
75 Hal Gill
8 Nick Grossmann
26 Erik Gustafsson
38 Oliver Lauridsen
41 Andrej Meszaros
22 Luke Schenn
32 Mark Streit
44 Kimmo Timonen

29 Ray Emery
35 Steve Mason

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