Wellwood loaned to Phantoms; Read, Pronger nearing returns
The Flyers have made a move today that opens up a couple of doors for Wednesday.
Rookie Kyle Wellwood was loaned back to the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL, setting up the returns for two of the Flyers key players.
Matt Read, who was on the ice today and practicing, should be set to return on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Last week, general manager Paul Holmgren said Read could return on Wednesday. Read has missed the last three games for the Flyers.
In 11 games this season, the rookie has three goals and four assists with a +3 rating. His return would be a nice boost to the Flyers offense, which is already first in the NHL averaging four goals per game.
Defenseman and captain Chris Pronger, who has been skating since Friday, could return to the ice as well. By dropping Wellwood from the roster, it frees up a spot for Pronger, who is currently on the injured reserve.
Pronger hasn't taken the ice since October 24 when he was struck in the right eye by the stick of Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski. His return will be huge for the Flyers defense, including Matt Carle who has played lost without Pronger, and the Flyers power play, which is 10th in the league at 19.1% successful.
Randy Miller of the Courier Post also pointed out that Erik Gustafsson was not on the ice today. There has been no official announcement made but if he's sent down, it's completely undeserved for the rookie has played well in the absense of Pronger.