Flyers waive vets McDonald, Porter

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Two of Philadelphia’s summer signings have hit the waiver wire.

Forwards Colin McDonald and Chris Porter were waived on Wednesday, per the club. McDonald, 31, signed a two-way deal with Philly in July after splitting last year between the Isles and their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport; Porter, also 31, joined the Flyers after spending the last eight years in the Blues organization.

Of the two, Porter was thought to have the better chance of sticking, as he spent four years at the University of North Dakota under Philly’s new head coach, Dave Hakstol.

The waiving of Porter and McDonald certainly looks to play into the favor of young forward Scott Laughton. Laughton, the 20th overall pick at the ’12 draft, appeared in 36 games for the Flyers over the last two seasons but has yet to establish himself as a full-time NHLer.

Philly has one more cut to make to get down to the 23-man limit. Per the Inquirer, it’s believed that last cut will either be Laughton or defenseman Brandon Manning.