The Flyers have reassigned defenseman Matt Konan to the Phantoms and forward Matt Mangene to the Trenton Titans (ECHL).
Konan started the season in Glens Falls, but was not officially on the Adirondack roster. He was rehabbing from off-season sports hernia surgery and was with the Phantoms to get into game shape.
When he was cleared to play, Konan was sent to Trenton. At that point, Terry Murray said he hoped Konan had a good rest of the season in the ECHL. Konan ended up playing five games with Trenton, tallying one assist.
Now, Konan is returning and he's officially on the roster this time.
Oliver Lauridsen sat out of practice Tuesday morning and was expected to see a doctor that afternoon for a lingering upper-body injury he had been playing through. The decision to bring Konan up came after that doctor's appointment was supposed to have happened.
Additionally, Marc-Andre Bourdon has been out sick since Saturday's game. He made an appearance at the rink on Monday but did not practice then or Tuesday.
Before bringing up Konan, that left the Phantoms with six defensemen: Erik Gustafsson (20 games), Danny Syvret (20), Brandon Manning (19), Cullen Eddy (19), Zack FitzGerald (4) and Jeff Dimmen (4, the last of which was Nov. 3).
Mangene played in four games in October before suffering a concussion against Syracuse on Oct. 28 - on a play in which he made a secondary assist.
He returned to the ice last week, but has not played in a game yet. Murray has previously stressed the developmental advantages for a player to play on the top-lines, even down a level, so to get more ice time to improve. Presumably, that is the logic for Mangene as he comes off an injury and the Phantoms find themselves in need of another defenseman.