Flyers Recall Mikhail Vorobyev, Send Dale Weise to Phantoms

Updated: 2:02 p.m.

Mikhail Vorobyev's second chance is here.

This time, with a new general manager and head coach.

Along with Carter Hart, Vorobyev was recalled Sunday afternoon from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. To make room on the roster, the Flyers sent Dale Weise to the Phantoms.

The Flyers, fresh off the bye week and All-Star break, practiced Sunday at 2 p.m.

The 22-year-old Vorobyev came on strong with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley, scoring eight points (two goals, six assists) over his last six games. Overall, he put up 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 32 contests for the Phantoms since being sent down Oct. 28.

After standing out in the preseason and winning the Flyers' third-line center job, Vorobyev slipped into the doghouse of former head coach Dave Hakstol.

The Flyers wanted to see more effort from Vorobyev without the puck through all three zones. A skilled and adept passer, Vorobyev played in the Flyers' first six games of the season before becoming a healthy scratch for the next four. He then returned to the lineup Oct. 27 but did not impress, playing just 8:01.

The next day, former GM Ron Hextall sent Vorobyev to the Phantoms.

"It can be hard to come in and be really sharp and make some of the plays that we need to have made," Hakstol said of Vorobyev following the 6-1 loss to the Islanders Oct. 27. "Yet, you can always bring energy, you can always bring intensity and you can always bring effort, and that's what's expected."

Vorobyev is now back with Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon, whom he played for last season in Lehigh Valley.

The Flyers have not been able to trade Weise, who they placed on waivers Jan. 15. The 30-year-old forward had not been with the team since clearing waivers the next day, as Weise was asked to stay home and wait for a trade to materialize, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Boruk (see story).

Weise, signed by Hextall in July 2016, is in the third year of a four-year, $9.4 million contract.

Slowly but surely, general manager Chuck Fletcher is starting to put his imprint on the roster. Jordan Weal, who was also a Hextall guy, became Fletcher's first trade, followed by Taylor Leier.

Vorobyev has a chance to impress a new regime as he'll likely play on the third or fourth line, replacing Jori Lehtera in the lineup.

The Flyers have won four of their last five games and are back in action Monday when they host the Jets (7 p.m./NBCSP).

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