Flyers Notes: Philly at the All Star Game, Vorobyev Recalled, Alumni Game Announced
Despite not having played a game in over a week, this weekend was a busy one for the Flyers, with news coming out on three different fronts. With the team set to return to the ice tomorrow, let's break them down one by one.
All Star Game: Gritty Dominates, Giroux a Champion
The Flyers sent their two Gs (Gritty and Giroux) to San Jose for the All Star Game, and both turned in stellar efforts. Giroux finished 3rd in the puck skills event, behind Johnny Gaudreau and Patrick Kane, then went 1/2 in the saves streak competition. The captain then turned in a solid performance in the 3-on-3 games, scoring a goal in the finals while hitting 3 posts along the way. The Metro beat the Atlantic 10-4 and then took down the Central 10-5 in the finals to win the event for the 2nd time in 3 years.
But the real star of the show was, of course, Gritty. Would you expect anything different? He made his love for Giroux apparent with an adorable embarce on the red carpet. After flooding everyone's timelines as the mascot every other team's mascot had to take a picture with, he beat SJ Sharkie in a fastest skater competition, finishing him off with a Tiger Williams stick-through-the-legs skate as he crossed the finish line.
Hart, Vorobyev Recalled; Stolarz Activated; Weise Demoted
When Carter Hart was loaned to the Phantoms on Wednesday, it didn't take a genius to realize that he almost certainly wouldn't miss a game at the NHL level. After playing one game, stopping 32 of 35 shots in a losing effort, Hart was unsurprisingly recalled, and will likely start for the Flyers.
But he won't be only the one making a return in this upcoming back-to-back. Anthony Stolarz was activated for IR and will likely serve as Hart's backup, at least until Elliott or/and Neuvirth are ready to return as well. Mike McKenna is still in the NHL, but will very likely be a healthy scratch in the short-term and put on waivers in the long-term.
The other guy returning to the big club is a bit more surprising. Mikhail "Misha" Vorobyev is back with the Flyers, with Dale Weise finally being sent down to the Phantoms as a result. Vorobyev's work ethic and assertiveness were called into question when he was sent down following a 7-game stint to the start the season with the Flyers, scoring just 2 points. The young center will get a second chance to establish himself in the NHL, with Jori Lehtera likely to return to the press box (or court in Finland, who knows with that guy) as well.
Alumni Game Announced
As has usually been tradition with most outdoor games, the Flyers are going to be playing an alumni game beforehand. However, this is a little different. For starters, it's against alumni of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. And it's also at the University of Penn's Class of '23 Arena, soon to have Mr. Snider's name added to the name after $2 million renovations (to be announced before the game) are completed.
In terms of roster, the full squads have not been announced just yet. But some of the Flyers confirmed to be participating include alumni rookie Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, Brian Boucher, Joe Watson, Brad Marsh, and my former neighbor (and therefore all-time favorite Flyer) Nick Schultz. Tickets for the game are $15 and can be purchased on the Flyers website.