Couturier, Raffl primed for Flyers opener; Gagner to be scratched?

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The Philadelphia Flyers’ roster is shaping up as the season approaches, and it sounds like Sean Couturier and Michael Raffl will be able to suit up.

That’s the word from the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi, yet things get more interesting from there.

Perhaps it’s not that much of a shock, but Carchidi also believes that Sam Gagner will be watching Thursday’s season-opening contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning from the press box.

One other intriguing question: what about Scott Laughton? At the moment, it appears as if he’s sticking with the Flyers.

CSNPhilly.com points out that Laughton might make things a bit of a crowd at center, yet his gains might be too much to ignore.

“He’s consistently added a little bit of pace and he has battled hard,” Dave Hakstol said. “There’s little areas of the game where he has to complete some things. But his compete level is good.”

What alignment gives the Flyers the best chance to compete?