Only a day after being shut out for the first time this season, the Philadelphia Flyers have made an in-house roster move. This time, the Flyers are recalling Connor Bunnaman and sending down David Kase to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. This is the fourth time since December that Kase has been moved between Philadelphia and the Phantoms. This move was likely made to see what Bunnaman can do on the Flyers roster tomorrow against the Boston Bruins. Bunnaman would provide depth while Chris Stewart recovers from an illness.
This season, David Kase has recorded one point with the Philadelphia Flyers. That was the game-winner against the Anaheim Ducks on December 17th, 2019 while playing against his brother, Ondrej Kase. While playing for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Kase has recorded seven points in 29 games. Since that game against the Ducks, Kase has been bottled up in the NHL.
Connor Bunnaman is getting an opportunity to prove himself while replacing David Kase. While Kase has only recorded a point in six NHL games this season, Bunnaman has yet to record a single point in four NHL games. As a Philadelphia Flyers this season, Bunnaman has had a faceoff winning percentage of 40%. This lateral move could imply that Chuck Fletcher is making a salary cap maneuver between the Flyers and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Tomorrow night, the Philadelphia Flyers have an opportunity to claw back up the standings in the Metropolitan Division with a win against the Boston Bruins. Currently, the Flyers are four points out of fourth place, behind the Carolina Hurricanes. Connor Bunnaman has been gaining traction in the AHL with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms as of late, so we’ll see if he can contribute in Philadelphia. Puck drop tomorrow night is at 7 pm at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mandatory Credit – Alex McIntyre