Flyers prospect Eric Wellwood said his main goal is to walk again after suffering major tendon and ligament damage when his lower leg was cut by a skate.
Wellwood got the cast off his leg Thursday and officially began rehab on the injury, which occurred during an April 7 game with the Flyers' AHL affiliate. Although Wellwood hopes to play hockey again, he said his main goal is simply to be able to walk. Wellwood said doctors had never seen an injury of this nature before, meaning there's no real timetable for his recovery. It could be quite a while before he returns to the ice.
Jakub Voracek is reportedly OK after wrecking his car in an accident this morning in the Czech Republic.
Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren released this statement: "I spoke with Jake this morning. He was involved in a car accident in the Czech Republic. Although his car did suffer damage, there were no injuries. Jake is fine." Voracek totaled his Ferrari in the accident, but it's a relief that he wasn't hurt.
Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider "didn't pick" Ilya Bryzgalov before the team signed him to a nine-year, $51 million contract.
"That's not my job," Snider continued. "Our staff picked Bryz of the available goaltenders and (general manager) Paul Holmgren basically decided that was the guy he wanted. My role in the whole thing was to say, 'We've got to get a quality goaltender. We can't go through what we went through that year with the goaltending in the (2010) playoffs.' I think we would have won that Cup (instead of losing in the Final to Chicago) if we had been a little more solid at the time in goal and not switching around so often. The point is that I don't get involved. I don't ever say, 'I'm signing this player.' I don't know enough about the players. We have scouts. We have Paul Holmgren. We have all the people that work for Paul that make these decisions." There has been speculation in the past that Snider was largely responsible for the Flyers getting Bryzgalov specifically, so when asked about it, he wanted to set the record straight.
Claude Giroux continues to play well for Canada at the IIHF World Championships.
He has two goals and six points in five games, second in team scoring behind Steven Stamkos. Although Giroux was a point-per-game player in 2013, those who drafted him were a little disappointed. Look for Giroux to rebound and register 90-plus points in a full season in 2013-14.
There are rumblings out of Philly that the Flyers should trade Ilya Bryzgalov and go with Steve Mason as their starter next season.
This speculation is not new. However, the Flyers are going to have to do one superlative sales job to move Bryzgalov and his $5.6 million per season over each of the next seven years. We remain skeptical.
Claude Giroux helped Canada earn a 4-1 win over Belarus at the IIHF World Championship on Friday with a goal and two assists.
Ryan O'Reilly, Andrew Ladd and Steve Stamkos also scored for Canada in the contest. They currently sit in first place in their group with 13 points, but Switzerland, who is unbeaten in the tournament, is just two points back with a game in hand.
The Philadelphia Flyers have been impressed with goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz.
He has posted a 13-4-1 record with a .923 save percentage and a 2.53 goals-against average during the OHL playoffs. The London Knights goalie enjoyed a similarly strong regular season. The Knights trail Barrie 3-1 in the OHL championship with Game 5 set for Friday night. The Flyers drafted Stolarz with one of the picks they acquired from Columbus in the Sergei Bobrovsky deal. He's expected to be back with London next year.