After a scary moment during the New Jersey Devils preseason game, Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek has returned to practice Monday. Voracek said that he will be ready to play in the teams season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
In the Flyers-Devils preseason game, Voracek was taken down hard form behind when he was on a breakaway. He ended up sliding into the goal post, injuring his back. After taking his penalty shot, he left the game and did not return.
His return to practice is a good sign for the Flyers top line. While the Flyers have the pieces to fill in fro Voracek if he had to miss time, the top line would be noticeably different because Voracek, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell work extremely well together.
HAL GILL UPDATE
While the final roster has been announced, Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren has stated that the roster will likely change before the season opener. One of those changes may be on defense as the Flyers may be trying to move Andrej Meszaros. If Meszaros is moved, look for Gustafsson to take his spot in the third pairing with Grossmann.
If Meszaros is moved, then Hal Gill will be signed as the teams seventh defensemen. With the current roster, Holmgren is looking to sign Gill as the eighth defensemen as soon as they officially put Chris Pronger on the Long-Term Injured Reserve. That move would free up Pronger's $4.9 million cap hit and put the Flyers under the cap just enough to sign Gill if his price is reasonable. At this point, Gill shouldn't cost too much as he would just be happy to have a job.
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