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Philadelphia cuts Raffl, Lauridsen from training camp roster

Sep 27, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

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Forward Michael Raffl might have a lot of promise, but he won’t be featured in the Philadelphia Flyers’ season opener. The team announced that Raffl and defensemen Oliver Lauridsen have been sent to AHL Adirondack.

Raffl, 24, attracted attention during the 2013 World Hockey Championships when he played on the same line as Buffalo’s Tomas Vanek, but he stood out even before that in the Swedish second division. He led that league with 46 points in 49 games while playing on the same team as Nashville Predators rookie Filip Forsberg.

“He’s a good player, who we think can be NHL ready,” Flyers Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor said after signing Raffl over the summer. “There’s going to be a learning curve, but he’s got enough in his game to be able to make that adjustment rather quickly.”

Raffl took part in four preseason games and didn’t record a point.

Lauridsen was originally taken in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but he worked his way up to the NHL last season, playing in 15 games with Philadelphia. Even still, he was a long shot to make a team that featured eight other defensemen signed to one-way contracts, not including Chris Pronger.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I am extremely surprised with Raffl’s demotion. He hasn’t looked great but he has looked like an! NHLer. He’s got good size, decent speed, and appeared to have chemistry with Lecavalier when they played together. Idk what this means for the 3rd line wing job… has Laughton shown enough to switch positions? To me the answer is clearly no. Raffl has looked better than Laughton. Vandevelde? I hope not. Maybe this means Talbot is playing 3rd line wing and Rosehill joins the 4th as a regular.

    Either way it’s surprising to see Raffl demoted.

  2. mcphillthy - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    He hasn’t looked bad or good, honestly. Couturier is the only person who has stood out to me so far. Aside from coots its pretty scary to watch. Its the same thing from last year. Same turn overs. Same areas. It’s hard to say he looks good bc the whole team looks bad right now. And I know they were borderline AHLers the other night but I still see the same system happening. I’m off topic. I’m sorry. I’m stoned outta my mind.

  3. possiblythelongestusernameevercreated - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Overall the moves by management have left me disappointed. Maybe it dates back to last year with the inability to sign free agents and retain players. This year, the Cleary move, the mishandling of Gagne, dropping Raffl for Laughton who can only play center is questionable. I don’t get it. Laughton wouldn’t get playing time on the fourth line, and the Flyers need a LW on the third line–which is where Raffl fits in.

    It’s a reversal of logic. Laughton hasn’t played well, and he lacks versatility (still great, but not what they need right now). Raffl is what they need, but they don’t follow logic, they follow sentiment. Still, when sentiment makes SENSE (i.e. signing Gags) they ignore it. There seems to be too many bone-headed moves going on here, and I suspect the record is a reflection of the managerial ineptitude.

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