Foerster still trying to make a good impression

Tyson Foerster

      PHILADELPHIA – If Tyson Foerster feels nervous about his chances of making the Flyers’ roster for opening night, you certainly can’t tell from his demeanor.

      The rookie right wing sounded cool, calm and collected after Thursday morning’s skate at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees, N.J.

      Foerster knows the Flyers still have to move at least two players off their roster by Monday at 5 p.m.

      He was in the lineup for Thursday night’s preseason finale against the New York Islanders and he was still looking for his first goal of the six-game exhibition slate.

      “I could have displayed a little more offense,” he admitted. “It’s up to them (coaching staff, management). We’ll see.”

      Right now it looks like either Foerster or fellow rookie Bobby Brink will be pushing for a spot on the third line when the Flyers take the ice for their season opener at Columbus next Thursday.

      Foerster did look more comfortable in Monday night’s overtime loss to the visiting New York Islanders. His checking was certainly better than in previous games.

      “For sure, I felt better,” he said.

      For the Islander game, Foerster was scheduled to play with veterans Sean Couturier and Joel Farabee. It never hurts to play with a couple seasoned veterans when you’re trying to impress talent evaluators.

      “He (Couturier) is an unbelievable player, just from watching him here,” Foerster said with a smile.

      Getting into eight games at the end of last season also has proved invaluable to Foerster. He totaled three goals/seven points.

      “I got a taste of it,” he said. “But I’m here now and I want to make the team. So I’m just looking forward to that. But I’m just trying to go out there and play.”
      Coach John Tortorella seems to be keeping an open mind in these last days leading up to the last cut.
      “We’ve seen enough of everybody as to how we’re going to go about it,” the coach said in reference to the final roster decision. “But I still don’t know what it (the final roster) is. It’s been a good camp for us that way. I think we have a pretty good indication of what they are right now.”

      >Big weekend planned

      On Thursday the Flyers announced details for the 2024 Flyers Hall of Fame Weekend taking place Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27. The weekend’s activities will feature a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Flyers 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup championship teams and a special Flyers vs. Bruins Alumni Game.

      The celebrations will all take place in a lead up to the Flyers Hall of Fame Game featuring the induction of Mark Recchi.

      Tickets for the Flyers Alumni Game presented by Independence Blue Cross are on sale now at Tickets for the Flyers Hall of Fame Game presented by Ticketmaster are on sale now at Proceeds from the Alumni Game with benefit Flyers Charities and Flyers Alumni Association.

      In honor of the 50th anniversary of the original Flyers vs. Bruins matchup in 1974 that won the Flyers their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, the Flyers Alumni will kick off the weekend with a treat for all Flyers fans when they face off against the Bruins Alumni in the 2024 Flyers Alumni Game presented by Independence Blue Cross on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

       The highly anticipated matchup will allow fans to see the reunion of the Flyers “Crazy Eights” line consisting of Eric Lindros, Recchi and Brent Fedyk as they take on Bruins greats including 2004 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Ray Bourque.

       Fit for every decade of Flyers fans, John LeClair, Patrick Sharp and Brian Boucher will also hit the ice alongside Joe Watson who has suited up as a member of the Flyers and Flyers Alumni for seven consecutive decades. The Flyers Alumni Game rosters will continue to be revealed in the lead up to the game on Jan. 26.

      “The Philadelphia Flyers are one of the most storied franchises in the NHL and the 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cup championship teams assembled by Keith Allen and Mr. Ed Snider marked a significant turning point not only for our organization but throughout the entire league,” said Dan Hilferty, CEO and chairman of Comcast Spectacor. “We are extremely excited to honor these teams and celebrate an impressive list of Flyers Alumni during this historic weekend. This weekend will be a must-attend event for all Flyers fans.”

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Wayne Fish has been covering the Flyers since 1976, a stint which includes 18 Stanley Cup Finals, four Winter Olympics and numerous other international events.