Four players on derogation


The Philadelphia Flyers placed Mark Friedman on exemptions, a gesture that would allow them to send him to the taxi brigade or the minor leagues. The Flyers are expected to pick up several players from the COVID protocol roster in the coming days, including Claude Giroux today, when he joined the team to train.
According to to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, three other players –Tanner Kero, Tommy Cross and Luke Schenn–Were also subject to exemptions today.

Friedman (the player, not the scribe), has appeared in four games with the Flyers this season, including their outdoor game in Lake Tahoe. He was forced to play both forward and defense in this game thanks to the large number of regulars out of the roster, but that just shows how well he is on the defensive depth graph at this point. His placement on waivers shouldn’t be so surprising, given how easily players have come through this season.

Kero is largely the same story, having already cleared the waivers earlier this year. The 28-year-old center has appeared in nine games and has two points, but generally mixes between the active roster and the Dallas Stars cab squad and shouldn’t be claimed. Kero has two points and a total of 24 in his 81-game NHL career. Cross has only three games to his name at the NHL level and none since the 2015-16 season. The 31-year-old accumulated 21 points in 50 games with the Springfield Thunderbirds last season.

It’s Schenn who is the interesting name here, although he too is unlikely to be claimed. The 31-year-old defenseman has nearly 800 games of NHL experience and a recent Stanley Cup under his belt with the Tampa Bay Lightning. For just a salary of $ 800,000, that’s a ton of experience that could come in handy for a struggling team. In 14 games this season, Schenn has just one point, but it shouldn’t be that surprising. He has just 149 points in his long career and hasn’t scored more than 16 since the 2011-12 season.


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