Flyers Send Danick Martel to Phantoms

After the Flyers lost their ninth straight game Tuesday night, many screamed for sweeping changes beginning with firing the head coach.

On Wednesday afternoon, a change did happen, but it wasn't the one many fans wanted.

The Flyers returned forward Danick Martel to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL) after a four-game NHL audition.

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With three days off before the Flyers' next game, Martel simply could be returning to Lehigh Valley for playing time. The Phantoms play Binghamton on Wednesday night and Hershey on Friday night.

It's entirely possible the Flyers plan on recalling Martel before Saturday afternoon. We'll know more then, but for now, Martel returns to the AHL.

Martel, 22, failed to produce a point and was a minus-six in four games during his call-up. Despite no points, though, Martel was effective.

In his debut last Wednesday, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders in Brooklyn, Martel had three offensive chances, including a breakaway.

If Martel does not come back up, it would not be a surprise, either. It's safe to say that Martel had a short leash and need to produce on the scoresheet, which he didn't.

Martel's demotion is also an indication that Jordan Weal will likely return to the Flyers' lineup Saturday. Weal has been a healthy scratch the past two games and has just two goals in 20 games.

For now, at least, Martel returns to the Phantoms, where he has 14 goals in 17 games, which still leads the AHL.

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