Updates on the Flyers, Oilers, Devils & Rangers.

The Flyers face a roster decision with Brayden Schenn…The Oilers place Gilbert Brule on waivers…Petr Sykora should know his fate with the Devils later today…Rangers could choose between Sean Avery or Erik Christensen.

PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Flyers rookie Brayden Schenn could be one of the final cuts made by the club by Wednesday. Carchidi writes that, barring a trade, two of the three following forwards make the team: Schenn, Sean Couturier and Matt Read. Goaltender Michael Leighton cleared waivers and was demoted to their AHL affiliate.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite the speculation Scott Hartnell could be dealt, I think it could take a demotion or trade of a lesser roster player (Oskars Bartulis, Blair Betts) to free up the cap space for those young players.

 Waiving goodbye?


EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tychowski reports the Oilers have placed forward Gilbert Brule on waivers with the intent of demoting him to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As more than one observer pointed out, the Oilers closed the book on Brule in June, when they attempted to trade him to the LA Kings in the Ryan Smyth deal. I think we can safely put to rest those trade rumors with Brule as a centerpiece who could bring the Oilers a top defenseman.

NEW YORK TIMES: Christopher Botta reports forward Petr Sykora will learned later today if the New Jersey Devils sign him to a one-year contract or cut him loose.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing he’ll be signed by the Devils, but if not, he’ll be snapped up by another NHL club seeking experienced depth at forward. Sykora had a very strong training camp/preseason, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed around the league.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard reports the Rangers will have to choose between Sean Avery and Erik Christensen to fill their final spot at forward.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The loser could be demoted or perhaps shopped, though I wouldn’t be surprised if GM Glen Sather has quietly asked around to see if there’s any interest in either guy. Of the two, Avery would be the toughest to trade, given his limited “no-trade” clause and his prickly reputation.


  1. That was just last year that the Oil inked Brule to a pretty handsome deal. Weird situation. I expect him to make a comeback eventually. If Toronto really is looking for a guy they should snap him up; I don’t know what the problem is, but he can skate and handle the puck pretty well.

  2. Honestly I wish some team could get control of Avery or give him a personality transplant because when the guy chooses to play he’s actually a pretty good player, he just has the wrong attitude for the game!

  3. Plus Avery is the better all around player straight up! Come on Lyle admit it.

  4. Avery might be the better player on the ice but he is a major ‘cancer’ in the locker room. If he had a better attitude, he would be a very solid player. As it stands right now, I wouldn’t want him around.

  5. Considering Christensen’s shootout abilities, I’d say he’ll get the nod over the problem child.

  6. they always say that the true pests are ones which you hate to play against and love to have on your team. Avery is a true pest. However, he’s a pest that nobody wants on their team, the guy is a cancer to whatever team he’s on. The only difference is that now it will be an AHL team.

  7. One thing to consider is Avery and Christensen are fighting for the number 13 forward position. The 12-man forward roster has been set, and now all that’s left is to figure out lines. I think they have a pretty decent idea of what they’re going to do. At any rate, Avery had the stronger preseason performance. He’s effective when he’s playing, much less so when he’s malfeasant. He’s a bit of a headcase, really depends which version shows up that morning as to how useful he is. Christensen is a known known. He’s good in a shootout, and occasionally shows a flash of brilliance, but for the most part he’s just another body.