Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Flyers add depth in goal, sign LaBarbera


The Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Jason LaBarbera to a one-year, two-way deal, the club announced.

The 35-year-old split the 2014-15 season between the Anaheim Ducks and Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

In five appearances with the Ducks, LaBarbera went 2-0-1 while posting a 2.61 G.A.A. and a .909 save percentage. He was 9-16-7 in 34 games with the Admirals to go along with a 2.62 G.A.A. and a .912 save percentage.

LaBarbera became expendable in Anaheim after the Ducks signed Matt Hackett.

With the signing of LaBarbera, Rob Zepp’s time in the Philadelphia organization is likely over. The 33-year-old is currently an unrestricted free agent.

LaBarbera will likely be tasked with helping Anthony Stolarz develop with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. LaBarbera would be the Flyers’ first call up should an injury occur to Steve Mason or backup Michal Neuvirth.

Flyers’ Raffl expected to return Thursday


The Philadelphia Flyers expect to have forward Michael Raffl in the lineup on Thursday when they play host to the New York Islanders.

Raffl, who has missed the past three games due to an illness, has 12 goals and 15 points in 40 games this season.

As a result, the Flyers reassigned winger Petr Straka to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

Straka appeared in three games for the Flyers registering two assists while averaging 9:27 in ice time.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Nick Grossmann (shoulder) is also expected to play Thursday.

Rookie Scott Laughton (concussion) did not practice on Sunday.

Flyers recall Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen


The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled defensemen Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen from the American Hockey League’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms the club announced.

The transaction is a result of upper body injuries to Nick Schultz and Carlo Colaiacovo suffered in Monday’s 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders.

The Flyers play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in their final game prior to the all star break. Philadelphia won the only other meeting in the battle of Pennsylvania 5-3 on Oct. 22.

Schultz will not play Tuesday while Colaiacovo is questionable.

Flyers’ GM Ron Hextall, who has been looking for defensive help since Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn were injured in October, will have to rely on patchwork blue line once again.

Manning, 24, has appeared in two games for the Flyers this season recording an assist while averaging 11:45 in ice time.

This is Lauridsen’s first call up since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. The 25-year-old recorded two goals and an assist in 15 games that season with the Flyers.

The Penguins will look to avoid a third straight loss tonight when they visit Philadelphia.

Flyers recall Jason Akeson


Forward Jason Akeson has been recalled from the American Hockey League’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms the Flyers announced Saturday.

Akeson started the 2014-15 season with the Flyers registering six penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating while averaging 7:37 in ice time in 12 games.

The 24-year-old appeared in 19 games with the Phantoms scoring eight goals and 17 points to go along with a minus-1 rating.

In 14 career NHL games, all with the Flyers, Akeson has a goal and an assist to go along with six penalty minutes.

The Flyers visit the Buffalo Sabres tonight for the first of three meetings this season.

Flyers recall goaltender Rob Zepp (Updated)


With Steve Mason expected to miss a week due to a knee injury suffered in Saturday’s loss to the Boston Bruins, the Philadelphia Flyers have recalled goaltender Rob Zepp from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League.


Zepp made his NHL debut with the Flyers on Dec. 21, 2014 in a 4-3 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets.

The 33-year-old is 11-5-4 in 21 AHL games this season go to along with a 2.57 G.A.A. and a .921 save percentage.

The Flyers return to action Monday when they play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning.