97.5 The Fanatic Flyers Roundup: Jones and Hilferty, Morgan Frost Scratched
The Philadelphia Flyers have two regulation victories in three tries after a win in their home opener against the Vancouver Canucks. The New Era of Orange is finally underway at the Wells Fargo Center. However, Morgan Frost hasn’t experienced it yet.
Morgan Frost Scratched
The Flyers inked Frost to a two-year deal worth $2.1 million in AAV in September. The timeline of the contract negotiations didn’t indicate the best outlook from the front office. John Tortorella also noticeably hesitated to credit Frost at points during the 2022-23 season.
The 24-year-old surged for 32 points in the final 45 games of the regular season, but it wasn’t enough to hold a spot in the lineup for more than two games in 2023-24. Tortorella sat Frost for the home opener, electing to dress Bobby Brink and Tyson Foerster together for the first time.
While fans might understandably consider the benching pretty drastic after just two rough games from Frost, Tortorella’s message is very clear. He is not afraid to challenge or scratch anyone, and it’s up to players to handle that standard like professionals.
“Other guys are playing better. There’s not too much science to my thinking as far as lineups.” -John Tortorella
Morgan Frost has struggled to gain confidence at points during his NHL career, and he must prove he can handle getting scratched now that six years have passed since the Flyers drafted him.
The John Kincade Show from Center Ice
The John Kincade Show held their broadcast live from center ice at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday to celebrate the 2023-24 season.
Dan Hilferty, Keith Jones, John Tortorella, Scott Laughton, and Travis Konecny joined the show to talk about the steps of the rebuild, the importance of the Philadelphia fan base, and the outlook for the new season.
“We know what it takes to play in this city. We know what it takes to become popular within this city. We’re going to use all that experience to make sure the type of players that we add have IT. There’s an IT factor to play in Philadelphia.” -Keith Jones
Loose Pucks: Zamula, Brink, Andrae
Rasmus Ristolainen remains on injured reserve, allowing defensemen Egor Zamula and Emil Andrae the chance for some playing time.
Zamula made it count against the Canucks with his first NHL goal on a strong wrister from the point. The 23-year-old looks more comfortable after putting on some weight during the offseason.
When Ristolainen returns, the Flyers might choose to send Andrae to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The adjustment for a young defenseman playing on a North American ice surface for the first time can be difficult. Andrae made some mistakes in his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 14. The increased organizational focus on development in the AHL could help the talented puck-mover work his way into the lineup later in the season.
Tortorella also spoke about a strong night from Bobby Brink against the Canucks.
“The part of the game that I’m impressed with is away from the puck, how strong he is on the puck, how deceptive of a skater he is. He deserves what he’s getting. He’s played very well.” -John Tortorella