Flyers waive 7 players with final 2020-21 roster decisions on the way

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Flyers waive 7 players with final roster decisions on the way originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

After watching the Flyers' intrasquad scrimmage Sunday night at the Wells Fargo Center from up top in one of the team management suites, head coach Alain Vigneault said the club's hockey operations personnel had a brief conversation regarding roster matters.

"We're going to sleep on it," Vigneault said. "We've got a couple of decisions."

The decisions are starting to come down with more on the way.

The club on Monday placed Samuel Morin, Chris Bigras, Andy Andreoff, Tyler Wotherspoon, Alex Lyon, Nate Prosser and Derrick Pouliot on waivers. If those players clear waivers by noon ET Tuesday, they will either start getting ready for AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley's season or they could make the big club's taxi squad. Morin or Andreoff could make the roster.

Update: It looks like Flyers have season-opening lineup and roster, but still missing D-man

Morin, the 6-foot-6 2013 first-round pick, has transitioned from defenseman to left winger. Will he get claimed? Leaning toward no just given if he's claimed by another club, in order for that team to put Morin on its taxi squad or send him to the AHL, he would have to clear waivers again. The 25-year-old Morin has suffered two torn ACLs and has been working on a new position for just over a few months.

The Flyers have to submit their 23-player roster and taxi squad of four to six players by 5 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Mark Friedman was not placed on waivers, an indication that he will be the Flyers' eighth defenseman.

The club still has a decision to make on its 13th forward. Then it'll have to see which players it wants to start the 2020-21 season with on its taxi squad.

Let's break down the situation at each position group:

Forwards

 

Locks

Nicolas Aube-Kubel, No. 62         

Sean Couturier, No. 14

Joel Farabee, No. 86

Claude Giroux, No. 28

Kevin Hayes, No. 13

Travis Konecny, No. 11

Scott Laughton, No. 21

Oskar Lindblom, No. 23

Nolan Patrick, No. 19

Michael Raffl, No. 12

James van Riemsdyk, No. 25  

Jakub Voracek, No. 93 

Candidates for 13th forward

Andy Andreoff, No. 10

Connor Bunnaman, No. 82    

Morgan Frost, No. 48

Samuel Morin, No. 55

Linus Sandin, No. 36

Carsen Twarynski, No. 81

Notes

Four-year college forwards Wade Allison (unfit to play) and Tanner Laczynski (offseason core muscle surgery) would have been in the conversation had they been healthy in camp. Laczynski was unable to participate at all, while Allison missed the final two days of camp because of an undisclosed issue.

Bunnaman, 22, gained valuable experience down the stretch last season before the NHL trade deadline in February, when the Flyers acquired Derek Grant and Nate Thompson.

Bunnaman would give them size and positional versatility. He also played four games in the NHL's return-to-play 24-team tournament, so the Flyers clearly trust him and like his ability to jump in.

These players are also candidates for the taxi squad.

Defensemen

 

Locks

Justin Braun, No. 61

Mark Friedman, No. 59    

Shayne Gostisbehere, No. 53

Erik Gustafsson, No. 56

Robert Hagg, No. 8

Philippe Myers, No. 5

Ivan Provorov, No. 9

Travis Sanheim, No. 6

Notes

Pouliot, Prosser and Egor Zamula are candidates for the taxi squad.

The 2012 first-round pick Pouliot was signed in the offseason and Prosser is a 34-year-old veteran who has played 354 career NHL games.

The organization is very high on the 20-year-old Zamula but the Phantoms could be best for his development. It wouldn't be overly surprising, though, to see the Flyers want him around; he was on their 31-man playoff roster.

Goalies

 

Locks

Brian Elliott, No. 37

Carter Hart, No. 79

Notes

Lyon is expected to be on the taxi squad as a third goalie.

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