Flyers Hope Ben Holmstrom Clears Waivers, Plays in AHL

(Photo/Bob Fina/Flickr)

Ben Holmstrom’s brother is this year’s River Hawks’ team captain. (Photo/Bob Fina/Flickr)

The Philadelphia Flyers’ front office and coaching staff are starting to get their roster shape for the start of the National Hockey League regular season, which gets underway on Wednesday, Oct. 2nd.

The Flyers made 28 roster moves on Wednesday afternoon either assigning them to the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL), sending them to juniors or releasing them from their tryout. Thursday afternoon, the Flyers made four more moves via waivers, including former River Hawk Ben Holmstrom.

After spending the past few weeks at the Philadelphia Flyers training camp, Holmstrom was placed on waivers due to the fact he is not waiver-exempt and will need to clear waivers in order to join the Phantoms in the AHL.

It was likely the forward was going to start with the Phantoms this season, after missing most of the 2012-13 season due to ACL surgery. Holmstrom saw action in 22 AHL games last season, scoring two goals and assisting on six for eight points. Holmstrom has served as the Phantoms’ team captain for the past two seasons and if he clears waivers is likely to wear the “C” once again this season.

Before going down with his injury, Holmstrom had made at least a single trip up to the NHL level during the prior two seasons. He skated in two games in 2010-11 and another five in 2011-12. It would’ve been likely to see him in a Flyers sweater during the 2012-13 season if he hadn’t missed 60 games after having surgery.

If Holmstrom clears waivers, he is set to join the Phantoms training camp. The Flyers placed the former River Hawk on waivers at noon Thursday and he will clear after 24 hours or noon Friday.

UPDATE (9/21): Ben Holmstrom cleared waivers and was sent to the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL). The Phantoms started their training camp this weekend.

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Justin Soderberg has covered the UMass Lowell River Hawks and Hockey East for over two years. Soderberg also contributes to Boston Bruins coverage for Inside Hockey. Follow him on twitter: @JMSoderberg