Blair Jones

Flyers summon top prospect Laughton


The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they have called up Scott Laughton and sent Blair Jones to the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

Laughton was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was in the running for a roster spot during training camp, but fell just short of making the team. Since then has six goals and 11 points in 13 AHL contests in 2014-15.

Jones, 28, has been primarily listed as a healthy scratch so far this season. He was placed on Nov. 4, but he wasn’t immediately sent to the minors after going unclaimed.

The Flyers have lost two straight contests and now have a 7-7-2 record in 2014-15. Earlier today it was revealed that Claude Giroux is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Flyers waive Jones

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The Philadelphia Flyers have placed veteran forward Blair Jones on waivers, for the purpose of sending him to AHL Lehigh Valley.

Jones, 28, signed with the Flyers in the offseason after spending the last three years in Calgary. He’s appeared in four games for Philadelphia, posting a minus-4 rating while averaging 6:55 TOI per game. His most noteworthy incident this season came in a late-October loss to Chicago, in which he laid out Blackhawks forward Ben Smith with a big hit and was called for charging:

Jones escaped supplementary discipline from the NHL’s department of player safety, but only appeared in one more game following the Smith hit and has been a healthy scratch in each of the last three contests.

The Flyers are set to give Carlo Colaiacovo his season debut tonight against Edmonton.

No hearing scheduled for Jones after charging Smith


Philadelphia forward Blair Jones isn’t facing a disciplinary hearing for his charge on Chicago’s Ben Smith during Tuesday’s 4-0 loss, a NHL spokesman confirmed this morning.

Here’s the hit, which occurred early in the third period and earned Jones a charging minor:

Smith wasn’t injured on the play and ended up logging five minutes of ice time in the final frame, finishing with 12:25 TOI.

Jones doesn’t have any previous disciplinary issues with the league, but was involved in the Calgary-Vancouver line brawl last year that saw Bob Hartley fined and John Tortorella suspended for their roles in the fight(s).

It’s worth noting that since Philly plays tonight (against Pittsburgh, on NBCSN), it’s unlikely the league will later decide to schedule a hearing.

Video: Flyers’ Jones lays out Smith, called for charging


Philadelphia Flyers forward Blair Jones was given a minor penalty for charging, but he may be getting a call from the league’s disciplinary department after catching Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith with a high hit on Tuesday.

The hit occurred early in the third period. Jones hit Smith instantly as he was turning to make a play in the corner, causing a melee to breakout as play was stopped.

Smith remained in the game. The Blackhawks, in control of this early thanks to three first-period goals, defeated the Flyers by a final score of 4-0.

With Cammalleri set to return, Flames waive Jones


Calgary alternate captain Mike Cammalleri is set to return from an eight-game absence (concussion) on Thursday, so the Flames made a corresponding roster move by waiving journeyman forward Blair Jones.

Jones, 27, has appeared in 14 games for the Flames this season, scoring two goals while averaging 11:23 TOI per night. The former Tampa Bay draftee last played in Friday’s 5-4 shootout win over Nashville, but sad out Tuesday’s OT win over Chicago.

Cammalleri, 31, sits tied for second on the Flames in goals this season, with 13. He took Wednesday’s line rushes alongside star rookie Sean Monahan and T.J. Galiardi, and should be good to go when Calgary hosts San Jose tomorrow night.

A pending UFA, Cammalleri is expected to be one of the major targets at this year’s trade deadline, so his return to health is a welcome sign for both the Flames and any potential suitors come Mar. 5.