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Flyers Claim Center Off Waivers from Avs; Played for Tortorella in Columbus

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The Philadelphia Flyers claimed 6-foot, 205-pound center Lukas Sedlak off waivers from Colorado on Wednesday.

Sedlak, 29, a Czech Republic native, had success in Russia’s KHL the last three seasons before signing with Colorado as a free agent. He was scoreless in three games this season with the defending Stanley Cup champions.

A sixth-round selection by Columbus in the 2011 NHL draft, Sedlak spent parts of three seasons playing for John Tortorella with the Blue jackets.

All told, he has 15 goals, 27 points, and a plus-3 rating in 165 NHL games.

The Philadelphia Flyers also demoted Olle Lycksell, 23, to the AHL’s Phantoms. He was scoreless in one game with Philly.

Tanner Laczynski, 25, may soon be joining Lycksell. He has two assists in four games, but Tortorella didn’t sound enthused about his play.

“Does it help us maybe having a young guy go play 20 minutes a game down in the American League and develop that way?” he told reporters, referring to Laczynski.

He said the AHL was a “great training ground.”

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