Zolnierczyk and defenseman Brandon Manning recalled by Flyers
Following Tuesday night’s impressive 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings, it seemed inevitable that the Flyers were going to need to recall a member of the Phantoms to fill a roster spot.
After Jakub Voracek received a punishing blow by Niklas Kronwall that forced him to receive stitches all-around his mouth and Jaromir Jagr left the game with a team described, vaguely diagnosed ‘hip-injury,’ it has left the team a few men short.
On Thursday morning, it was reported by Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News that the team has recalled Harry Zolnierczyk from the Adirondack Phantoms.
Zolnierczyk has played in 36 games with the Flyers this season. He played the majority of his time with the team from October 3 to February 5 prior to being sent back down to Adirondack.
Over that span he scored three goals, two assists and five points. He racked up 28 penalty minutes and currently possesses a minus-12 plus/minus rating.
However, Zolnierczyk wasn’t the only member of the Phantoms joining the big club.
In a surprising twist, the Flyers also recalled defenseman Brandon Manning.
The 21-year old, British Columbia native was signed as an undrafted free agent in November of 2010.
Listed at 6’1”, 195 lbs., Manning has a left handed shot and has recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) with the Phantoms this season, in addition to recording 75 penalty minutes in 32 games played.
With injuries to Marc-Andre Bourdon and Oskars Bartulis, Manning was the only legitimate option for the team to play (Matt Walker would have to clear re-entry waivers).
So what does this mean?
At this point in time we don’t know. As of Thursday morning, Seravalli was the first one reporting the information and there has yet to be official word from the Flyers.
This of course has led to speculation about possible injuries or lack of performance from defensive players on the team.
Stayed tuned to The Checking Line for more information as it is made available. This post will be updated as soon as the Flyers release an official statement.
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