Flyers Recall Wellwood
The Philadelphia Flyers recalled Eric Wellwood from the Adirondack Phantoms late Friday afternoon.
With all the speculation swirling around the health of James van Riemsdyk, the move seems to say that JvR did in fact injure his leg in Wednesday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres.
On Thursday night, van Riemsdyk participated in the Flyers pre-game skate but left the ice early. He was unexpectedly scratched prior to the start of the game.
On Friday morning, it was reported by Philadelphia's Daily News that a source close to the organization said that JvR was in coach Peter Laviolette's doghouse and was scratched due to poor play, not because of injury.
At the team's practice later in the day Laviolette denied the reports.
"It was poor reporting," the coach said to reporters.
GM Paul Holmgren said that van Riemsdyk had a 50% chance of playing Saturday against Columbus. He also added that JvR's injury was of a nagging nature and was not a result of the hit in Buffalo.
Calling up Wellwood may say otherwise.
The 21-year-old winger has scored eight points in eight games with the Phantoms this season. Last year, his first in Adirondack, Wellwood scored 16 goals and 12 assists for a total of 28 points.
Wellwood played three games with the Flyers last season and registered an assist.