Monday, January 21, 2013

McGinn headed to Philadelphia 1/21

After a successful training camp stint with the Philadelphia Flyers last week, Adirondack Phantoms winger Tye McGinn cemented himself as the top candidate to earn a National Hockey League call-up in the event of an injury.

But McGinn was probably a little surprised at just how quickly that call came.

The second-year pro was formally recalled to the Flyers Monday afternoon, some 24 hours after former Phantoms forward Zac Rinaldo left the Flyers' loss to Buffalo after colliding with Sabres defenseman Robyn Regher and five days after the Flyers made McGinn their first (and only) forward cut from camp.

The collision in Sunday's game resulted in Regehr's skate cutting Rinaldo above the winger's knee, Flyers' inside reporter Anthony SanFilippo wrote on the Flyers' website, and Rinaldo needed 20 stitches to close the wound.

The Flyers are scheduled to visit the New Jersey Devils Tuesday. They do have two healthy forwards in reserve in Jody Shelley and former Phantom Tom Sestito, but it would be surprising if the Flyers called up McGinn just to have him sit. They really like McGinn's willingness to pay the price in front of the net to screen goaltenders, redirect pucks and smash home rebounds to score blue-collar goals.

If McGinn does play Tuesday, it will be his NHL debut.

Hints of a McGinn call-up began trickling in shortly after McGinn scored the game-winning goal in Adirondack's 3-2 shootout victory over the Albany Devils Sunday evening in Atlantic City. 

Phantoms defenseman Oliver Lauridsen and forward Jason Akeson and former Adirondack center Luke Pither all Tweeted congratulatory messages to McGinn, who also scored Friday and Saturday night. McGinn's older brother, Colorado Avalanche winger Jamie McGinn, posted a message as well.

But the transaction wasn't official until Rinaldo visited the doctor Monday morning and the Flyers learned he would not be able to play with the stitches in his leg, SanFillipo wrote on the team's site.

Rinaldo is expected to miss at least a week, according to SanFilippo's report.

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