Thursday, October 1, 2009

Blair Betts is (finally) a Flyer

It took longer than it should have, but training camp invitee Blair Betts has finally signed with the Flyers. According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly, Betts, who will be the 4th line center, signed a one year deal with the team. There was some hold-up with the money involved and that made the deal take longer than expected.

Betts is the perfect complementary player for the Flyers. He will kill penalties, win faceoffs and play the kind of defensive hockey you need from a 4th line player. On a team loaded with top-end offensive talent at forward, he's exactly what the team was missing.

The Flyers had room on the roster to sign Betts because they announced yesterday that Ole-Kristain Tollefsen and Brian Boucher would be placed on the injured list to start the season. Marc-Andre Bourdon was also called up and will be the 7th defenseman until Tollefsen is ready.

Here is the Flyers current roster:

Forwards (14): Danny Briere, Mike Richards, Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter, Scott Hartnell, Daniel Carcillo, Claude Giroux, Arron Asham, Riley Cote, Darroll Powe, Ian Laperriere, Mika Pyorala, Blair Betts, James van Riemsdyk

Defensemen (7): Chris Pronger, Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen, Ryan Parent, Matt Carle, Danny Syvret, Marc-Andre Bourdon

Goalies (2): Ray Emery, Johan Backlund

Injured List: Brian Boucher, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen

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