Tyler J. Altemose
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced today that the team has recalled defenseman Erik Gustafsson from the Adirondack Phantoms.
The 5' 10", 180-pound native of Kvissleby, Sweden, will join the Flyers on their trip to the Ottawa.
While unconfirmed, the move is likely a safety measure due to the recent string of injuries suffered at the hands of the Flyers defense. The most recent injury occurred on Thursday night as Chris Pronger took a shot to the hand. He was in noticable pain and immediately left the ice for the locker room.
Pronger assured the media after the game that he was fine and that he would join the team in Ottawa. According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly, that much remains true so far today. However, he and other members of the media have reported from today's practice that Pronger is not on the ice.
Gustafsson has 5 goals and a team-leading 28 assists in 53 games played for the Phantoms this season.
If Pronger remains out for the game against the Senators--and with Bartulis already out 10-12 weeks--expect Gustafsson to get regular season NHL ice time for the first time in his career. Gustafsson was recalled earlier in the season on December 29th as the Flyers went on their west coast road trip, but it was also a precautionary measure and he saw no ice time.
I would be remiss without mentioning the cap implications of this move. With Gustafsson on the books, the Flyers will be over the daily limit by $8,014. They can pull it off though by using their banked cap space. At this rate, and barring no other roster changes, the team would have $73,526 in cap space at season's end.
More to come...