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Flyers call up d-men Konan and Manning from AHL

Apr 16, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

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Philadelphia’s defense got a couple of reinforcements today, as youngsters Matt Konan, 21, and Brandon Manning, 22, were recalled from AHL Adirondack and could play tonight when the Flyers host the Rangers. explains why:

Kent Huskins (concussion) is the latest Flyers casualty, after taking a head shot from Montreal’s Ryan White during Monday’s first period (see story). Huskins is out indefinitely.

Bruno Gervais reportedly is banged up, although the club has not released any information on him. Gervais did not play at Buffalo or Montreal.

Likely done for the season are Andrej Meszaros (left shoulder) and Braydon Coburn (left shoulder) and Nick Grossmann (concussion).

How thin has Philadelphia’s blue line become? Well, Luke Schenn played 33:25 last night against the Habs, if that gives you any indication. (And no, that game didn’t require extra time. The Flyers won it in regulation, 7-3.)

Update: “Bruno Gervais will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a torn stomach muscle. He will be out indefinitely,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren today.

  1. dolanster - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Great built-in nickname for Konan. Hoping he sticks in the show just for that.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      When we beat the Rangers in regulation tonight that will put us 5 out these guys will get their first taste of the playoffs against a high powered Penguins offense in the first round ! That series will give these young guys the equal of around two full seasons played in the NHL ! Remember the Flyers have not been officially eliminated first round here we come !

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        you have how many teams to hop over?? lol , settle down with the rah rah crap… it’s ben over for 2 weeks now

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        you have how many teams to hop over?? lol , settle down with the rah rah crap… it’s been over for 2 weeks now

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    This is absolutely ridiculous. The Flyers cannot catch a break when it comes to injuries. It’s one thing to lose the regulars, but they can’t stop losing the replacements. Bruno Gervais and Huskins were both eating big minutes and now they’re gone for the season as well. I don’t think anyone should be surprised at where this team is in the standings with the AHL d-corps they’re putting on the ice every night.

    • narfmoo12 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      And Bourdon (the best of the possible AHL call-ups) has missed the entire season with a concussion.

  3. elvispocomo - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    They started the season needing defensive help and they end that way too. They let go a backup they didn’t think would help only to trade for the guy he replaced after getting hot on a new team. The way their season has gone, it’s no wonder they haven’t been able to win games.

    • narfmoo12 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Bobrovsky sucked for the first 6 weeks. He got hot for 6 weeks, just like he did in Philly a few times. He’s nothing special.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        And yet he’s still better than both Mason and Bryzgalov. Who are the Flyers goalies right now?

  4. mclovinhockey - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    5 of the flyers top 7 are hurt. 6 of 8 counting bourdon.. 7 of 9 counting pronger…

    I don’t know of when the last time any team went through as many D as us.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      I remember when Sami Kapanen was forced to play defense when the Flyers were shorthanded on the blueline. Their current injuries blow that out of the water. I’ve personally never seen anything like this. When Lauridsen got a few penalties in Montreal they were down to 3 defenders.

  5. valoisvipers - Apr 16, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Hey guys, ease up on the excuses because you are starting to sound like Canuck fans. The Flyers sucked this year, every which way and any way you slice it, they simply sucked. Next year will be better I’m sure.

  6. narfmoo12 - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I do like that Nashville paid Weber and Rinne a massive amount of money this year and didn’t make the playoffs

  7. matthewmacisaac - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    It’s just good to hear that Gervais is out of the line-up for any reason. Maybe a good stretch from Manning will convince them to give him gervais job next season.

  8. mclovinhockey - Apr 16, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    @valo, actually these are facts not excuses. The Flyers have also played better D with most the guns out of the line up… All I am saying is it gives me hope for the flyers future on D.

    Ollie has promise, needs to work on poise.

    Gus is a good puck mover, needs to work on his D though.

    Bourdon is well rounded, maybe just a bit more speed.

    Manning needs to stay healthy but he is solid in the back end.

    Maybe it’s time to cut some of these cap hits lose and bring up some young blood next year.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Luckily they only have Mez and Timonen on the books for one more season. That’s $10 million off the cap (although Kimmo might play on). Luke Schenn and Grossmann both have very reasonable cap hits, so that only leaves Coburn and Pronger as bad contracts. Despite what ppl have said about the Flyers inability to develop defenders, I’d say this rash of injuries has exposed impressive depth. Not necessarily premier talent, but Gus, Lauridsen, and Bourdon have certainly shown flashes.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      I’m all for giving the kids a chance. I also thought Manning was a stud when he was called up last year and I was disappointed that he didn’t start this year.How it takes management 40 games and lots of Dmen injuries to figure out what everyone knew before the season started, is beyond me? What did surprise me was the lack of offense output and the lack of back checking from these same underachievers. Now Briere is an offense only player and they must have known that when they signed him, so why did he play 3rd line with third line minutes. He needs to be 18-20 minutes,top six player ,with lots of PP time, this is what he brings to the table, goals-offense but he can’t back check so don’t put on the 3rd line where that is what they do.So ruin Briere then buy him out,blame Bryz and buy him out. Who’s next oops no more buyouts left.

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