Johnny Oduya to make Flyers debut against Panthers

Updated: March 4, 2018 at 2:57 pm by Brady Trettenero

The Philadelphia Flyers announced Sunday that veteran blueliner Andrew MacDonald will be out of lineup vs. the Florida Panthers with an upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day.

Johnny Oduya, who was recently claimed off the waivers at the trade deadline from Ottawa, is expected to make his Flyer debut. The 36-year-old  rearguard posted eight points (four goals) with a plus-2 rating in 51 games with the Senators this season.

Coach Dave Hakstol had this to say about Oduya after the Flyers claimed him:

“He’s a proven veteran guy in the dressing room. Outstanding defender,” adding that Oduya will be used in Mark Alt’s role as the team’s seventh defenseman. “The guy is very versatile in terms of being able to play either side. I think he certainly brings an element to our group.”

The Flyers lost defenseman Alt on a waiver claim by Colorado. The Flyers were trying to put Alt through waivers so he would have been eligible to play in the AHL playoffs with the Phantoms. The Flyers claimed Oduya before they knew they had lost Alt, general manager Ron Hextall said.

Oduya has played with New Jersey, now-defunct Atlanta, Winnipeg, Chicago, Dallas and Ottawa in his 12-year NHL career. He played on the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015.

The puck drops at 3:00 between the Panthers and Flyers.

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