Tyler J. Altemose

3 March 2011

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has announced that the team has recalled RW Ben Holmstrom from the Adirondack Phantoms.

It is not yet known whether the 6'1" 180-pound winger from Colorado Springs, Colorado will play this evening. According to Philly.com's Dave Isaac, Holmstrom has not been seen on the ice this morning during the Flyers optional skate.

Holmstrom was signed last March out of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He has 10 goals and 17 assists in 60 games played with the Phantoms this season.

The recall makes Holmstrom the 24th active roster member for the Flyers. The move is permitted, however, due to Article 16.4(a) of the CBA which allows for an unlimited roster size after the trade deadline (so long as the team remains financially cap-compliant).

Even with Holmstrom in the lineup, the Flyers are projected to have $29,623 in cap space at the end of the season.

This means that the usual suspect of a player being put on waivers or injured reserve isn't necessarily the case. According to Stephen Whyno of Philly Sports Daily, both JVR and Betts skated this morning. That is usually a good sign that they are both healthy and ready to play. Carcillo remains sidelined with an illness.

Should Holmstrom play this evening, the team announced that he will wear uniform number 34.


According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly, both JVR and Carcillo will be scratched from tonight's game. The team still has 12 forwards with Betts back, so consider Holmstrom insurance.