Johnston reassigned to Phantoms (UPDATED)

2012-12-19T15:39:00Z 2012-12-19T18:28:28Z Johnston reassigned to Phantoms (UPDATED)By Diana C. Nearhos Glens Falls Post-Star
December 19, 2012 3:39 pm  • 

The Philadelphia Flyers have reassigned Andrew Johnston to the Adirondack Phantoms. 

It appears, however, that the move is a paper transaction only.

Johnston started the season with the Phantoms, showing some spark early and scoring his only AHL goal on against St. John's Oct. 19. After playing 10 games and being a healthy scratch in four, Johnston was reassigned to the Trenton Titans in the ECHL on Nov. 19.

The center scored a goal in his first game in the ECHL but only played one more before suffering an upper-body injury, which The Trentonian reported was a concussion. Johnston has not played since Nov. 24.

It seems unlikely that the Flyers would send Johnston to Adirondack when he has only skated once since the concussion. Additionally, Albany loaned Phil DeSimone to the Titans, so Trenton may have been in need of a roster spot.

The Phantoms could, however, be in need of a body or two.

Both Phantoms head coach Terry Murray and Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said they did not anticipate calling anyone up in response to Ben Holmstrom's knee injury. But neither Zac Rinaldo nor Shane Harper were ont the ice for morning skate Wednesday and Murray said the flu was going around. 

Without Rinaldo and Harper, the Phantoms are down to 11 forwards, not including Zack FitzGerald who has played left wing twice this year and skated at forward Wednesday morning. Moving FitzGerald up to forward leaves the Phantoms with only six defensemen; Marc-Andre Bourdon is still suffering from what the team calls an illness and Erik Gustafsson has not skated since taking a shot to the foot on Saturday.

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