With the news that Shayne Gostisbehere may be sidelined because of an upper-body injury suffered in Sunday’s preseason finale, Ron Hextall told reporters that the Philadelphia Flyers would likely bring eight defensemen to California to begin the season. This meant that Travis Sanheim and Sam Morin would make the roster, for the time being, and have a chance to play until Gostisbehere is healthy.
To do that, the Flyers had to clear a roster spot. Hextall placed veteran forward Matt Read on waivers Monday afternoon, giving the Flyers a possible roster spot for the extra defenseman. Read was a healthy scratch in the final preseason game and would likely be a scratch along with Jori Lehtera to begin the season. The move is precautionary due to the Gostisbehere injury.
Matt Read is on waivers.
— Charlie O’Connor (@charlieo_conn) October 2, 2017
Read’s high cap hit made him an easy decision to send to waivers. He would obviously need to clear waivers or be claimed for the roster move to be official. If Read isn’t claimed, he’ll begin the season with the Phantoms. Gostisbehere’s health is the concern. He left the game following this hit on Sunday evening.
If he is healthy enough to play, the Flyers will likely not need to do anything and will probably send Sanheim or Morin to the AHL. But all signs look to Gostisbehere’s injury being taken seriously and taking all of the precautions going forward. The Flyers begin their season on Wednesday evening.
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