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Flyers send Couturier home, recall Zolnierczyk

Feb 12, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT


Philadelphia’s season-high six game road trip hasn’t started all that well.

Word broke on Tuesday that the Flyers have sent home sophomore Sean Couturier — he missed Monday’s 5-2 loss to Toronto with the flu — and recalled Harry Zolnierczyk from AHL Adirondack.

Zolnierczyk is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Flyers take on the Jets at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. He’s likely to replace Tom Sestito, who had a costly turnover in the loss to the Maple Leafs and finished with just 6:47 of ice time.

Zolnierczyk, 25, has 9G-8A-17PTS in 46 games for the Phantoms this season. He appeared in 37 games for the Flyers a year ago, scoring three goals and three assists.

As for Couturier, it’s unclear when he’ll return to the Flyers lineup (or re-join the team.) He took part in the morning skate prior to the Leafs game, but was made a late scratch and later returned to Philly.

  1. xflyersx - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    About time, I don’t think I’ve seen Coots hustle once all season

    • flyers22 - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      then you probably dont watch any of the games

      • xflyersx - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        Every single one, except for the 3rd period of last nights game.

    • hockeyfan28 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      I think the expectations for Coots where a little above his development at this time and to throw him out at
      No.2 center at 19 just something he wasn’t ready for….he is going to be an awesome player but he needs a good 25 lbs. which just comes naturally with getting into your 20’s and getting more mature cause when he gets to about 210-220 he will be a perennial all star

  2. dolphincult - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Only thing Zolnierczyk hustles is his home pornos of underage girls like the one he made hiding in the closet filming his linemate here in my hometown while playing junior A in the bchl

  3. jpelle82 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    seems like this is to keep everyone else from getting the flu on a road trip where there’s close quarters and conditions that are condusive to the spread of the disease. i dont think flyers fans should read too much else into it.

    • 19to77 - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Exactly. This is hardly the first time this has happened, teams do it all the time. One guy with a highly passable illness can seriously affect a team’s play if a few others catch it.

      • barkar942 - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:22 PM

        But may I ask, how is he returning from Toronto to Philly? On a bus or a plane where he would be in close proximity with others he could pass his flu on to?

  4. broadstbully33 - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I would like to see more of sessito he has been very solid and deserves more of a chance to play IMO. He has shown he is more than the goon most teams paint him to be.

  5. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Insert trade rumor here….

    …this guy is really not going to help the public persona of the club at all.

    • mclovinhockey - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      ? why insert a trade rumor? he is sick and contagious. I guess you think it would be smart to keep a guy with the Flu around all your healthy players but anyone with a brain cell would disagree.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        Easy – and no I wouldn’t think that. There’s just a growing number of rumors right now, and when someone isn’t travelling with the team for any reason they seem to pop up.

        Always a pleasure –

  6. unklepaulhargus - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I’m hoping Bobby Ryan is answering a call from homer….

    • paul621 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      … because Bobby Ryan has the power to trade himself?

  7. hockeyfan28 - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    If the flyers are going to take the ups and downs that has come with this youth movement
    might as well get Harry Z and Eric Wellwood in there and see what they got

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