The evaluation process for the Flyers has already begun. Who goes and who stays? Although the final tally isn’t in, it’s not hard to piece together a pretty good list of who won’t be back next season. The tough thing is that at least one player, Kent Huskins, got the short end of the stick here during his eight games with the Flyers. He was concussed after taking a blatant head shot from Montreal’s Ryan White (who suspended for five games) on April 15 and is not expected to return this season. Huskins, who came to the Flyers in late March following consecutive injuries (first to Andrej Meszaros, then Braydon Coburn) was playing for a new contract -- and playing well, too. Although he's 33, Huskins is a perfect seventh defenseman for any club. When thrust into a starting role, he quickly showed he was a steady, calming influence on the back end. There is a debate whether to keep him around as a seventh man next season. Right now, the organization is leaning toward using one of their younger players in that role. Perhaps even Oliver Lauridsen, who was called up from the Adirondack Phantoms for the first time in his career and is starting now because of injuries. “Kent has played very well,” general manager Paul Holmgren said. “He isn't a flashy, dynamic player, but he is experienced, and he’s been around and played a lot of games. He moves the puck up the boards and for the most part he’s done that. It’s unfortunate he got hurt.”
Will Flyers bring back Kent Huskins next season?
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