Thanks to Ron Hextall and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers are down one defenseman. Wednesday afternoon, Elliotte Friedman announced on Twitter that the former Flyers GM claimed Mark Friedman off waivers.
Recently signing a two-year, $1.45 million contract, Friedman played four games for Philadelphia this season. He even took to the ice in Lake Tahoe playing wing. The 2014 third-round pick played just 11 games with the Flyers in a three-year span, recording one point.
Although Philadelphia placed Friedman on waivers, it was likely for taxi squad purposes. Friedman may have never solidified a role on the Flyers blue line. However, he served as a valuable plug-and-play option at a low cost.
In reality, Philadelphia is not a worse team after Mark Friedman’s departure. If any other team grabbed him, it’s unlikely anyone would care. Still, the Flyers’ most-hated rival was the team acquiring his services for nothing. The fact that Ron Hextall is steering the Penguins ship throws a little more salt in the wound.
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Defenseman Justin Braun is the latest Flyer to return to the ice. After quarantining in Washington D.C. for 11 days, the 34-year-old blueliner participated in Philadelphia’s optional skate Wednesday. Of course, he is unavailable for tonight’s game against the New York Rangers. Chances are he will be ready for action by the Flyers’ next game against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon.
According to Jordan Hall, it appears as though Sam Morin will get another opportunity on the wing against New York. With questions surrounding whether he can effectively play the position, the decision is puzzling with young forward Maksim Sushko available.
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