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Flyers prospect Anthony Stolarz close to returning
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Anthony Stolarz, the Flyers' top goaltending prospect, is close to resuming play in the Ontario Hockey League after recovering from a bad skate cut last month.

Flyers goalie coach Jeff Reese talked to Stolarz during the Olympic break.

“He’s getting close [to playing] and he’s been practicing in full equipment right now,” Reese said on Monday.

General manager Paul Holmgren said Stolarz was coming along and that he began taking practice again last Friday.

Stolarz, 19, plays for the London Knights.

He was cut during a Jan. 17 game against Saginaw when he fell between two players -- his own defenseman, Dekatoa Mermis, and Saginaw’s Eric Locke. They tangled skates while Stolarz was down in the crease. Stolarz's cut required 55 stitches.

Reese said Stolarz will begin playing “pretty soon.”

“He was pretty fortunate,” Reese said. “For him, it’s kinda a blessing in disguise. He gets a little bit of a rest going in and they got the Memorial Cup in London.

“He’s going to have a long playoff and long run with the Memorial Cup. He’ll be fresh and ready to go.”

As of Monday, Stolarz had missed 14 games.