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Posts Tagged Philaelphia Flyers
Trade Rumors: Weiss, Iginla, Kiprusoff, Sabres, Sens, Caps, Flyers, Panthers, Kulemin, Bernier, Steckel and O’Reilly
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Stephen Weiss rumors, who will be a UFA and has a no-movement clause.
“Ridiculous,” Tallon said. “I’m not trading him, I’m going to try to sign him.”
Travis Zajac’s 8 year, $46 million contract could be in the ballpark of what Tallon may offer. There are 7 pending UFA centers who, in theory, could center a first line: Ryan Geltzlaf, Valtteri Filppula, Weiss, Derek Roy, Mike Ribeiro and Patrik Elias. Would Jarome Iginla be interested in Flyers if he considered moving on? Are they a cup contender this year though? The Penguins may have an opening for him. The Canucks offered Cody Hodgson to the Capitals for John Carlson last year. Flames Miikka Kiprusoff doesn’t have a no-trade clause, but it doesn’t mean the Flames are in a rush to move him. The Sabres have eight defenseman, and GM Darcy Regier has told teams, ”Give me a reason to trade one.”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources say it will likely be another week before the trade market shakes loose, more separation between playoff and non-playoff teams. Senators GM Bryan Murray likely won’t find a Jason Spezza replacement unless he gives up a top prospect. Capitals George McPhee and Flyers Paul Holmgren have been working the phones desperately.
“There’s not many players available,” said a league executive Monday. “If you want one, and one becomes available, you better go snap him up quick cause the market is light.”
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Even though the Panthers are denying it, Murphy is hearing more and more that Stephen Weiss is available. If Murphy was Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, he’d go after him.
- Jimmy Murphy via twitter: Murphy thinks that if any team is looking for a young, skilled defenseman, they should try to pry Dmitri Kulikov from the Panthers. His holdout and bad start may make him available.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The trade market is quiet as GMs aren’t ready to make any moves just yet. Teams aren’t out of it yet. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is working the phones.
- The Fourth Period: The Penguins could be looking for a winger to play with Evgeni Malkin, and they could once again be looking at Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin. The Penguins asked about him last year, and apparently had a 1st round pick on the table, which was turned down by Brian Burke. The Penguins had 2 scouts at the Leafs-Hurricanes game on Monday.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mailbag) Matheson doesn’t see the Oilers trading for Jonathan Bernier. There would be a better chance of the Maple Leafs trading for him. The Kings need some scoring and help on the blueline.
- Bob Stauffer via twitter: Stauffer thinks that Maple Leafs David Steckel makes sense for a short term fix at center for the Oilers. Steckel is likely available as he’s in and out of the Leafs lineup. He’s been one of the top face-off guys for years. Ryan O’Reilly is a type of guy the Oilers should target if his contract stalemate drags on. He’s a strong, skilled two-way center.
- Jim Matheson via twitter: The longer O’Reilly’s stalemate goes on, the more feeling you get that he’s not long for the Avalanche. Matheson doesn’t think he’s a $5 million player though.
Brassard’s agent issues statement … Parise’s dad talks about Zach’s situation … Richards leaves game … Lehtonen out at least 3 weeks … Plenty scouting Car-NYR
- Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Columbus forward Derick Brassard has been a healthy scratch for 7 of the last 10 games. He’s said all the right things, but his agent, Allen Walsh has had enough and released this statement:
“While I have tremendous respect for (general manager) Scott Howson and the rest of Columbus’ management team, the situation regarding Derick Brassard has become untenable. The coach has a history of burying players and using them as scapegoats to mask his own lack of success on the ice. Derick has been singled out, almost from the very beginning of the season, to be the fall guy in case things don’t go well. The Columbus organization cares about Derick and has been good to him, but at some point, one has to say, enough is enough.”
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: From Friedman’s understanding, Brassard will be staying with the team. The Blue Jackets have tried hard to trade him. Ottawa is interested.
- Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune: Zach Parise’s father on his son’s future:
“Money will be a factor, of course,” J.P. Parise said. “But he likes to win, he likes to have a chance, he likes to compete. … That’s why he decided to accept a one-year contract. He wants to see where [the Devils] are heading, what kind of players they have. They have acquired some good young players. He’s not going to rush into anything. He’ll take his time, analyze the whole thing.”
- Tom Gulitti via twitter: Zach Parise on re-signing with the NJ Devils: “It’s what I hope for. We can’t do anything right now by league rules, so we’ll wait ’til we can.”
- Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell left after 1 shift. Forward Mike Richards took a high hit from Panthers Sean Bergenheim in the 2nd period, and didn’t return for the 3rd. Asked if they’d be out multiple games, Terry Murray responded: “I hope not. I don’t know that. We haven’t got a full report yet. The doctors, trainers are busy evaluating and they’ll probably let me know before I get away here tonight. We’ll have a better idea tomorrow.”
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski is expected to get his cast off today, and his hoping for a Dec. 9th return. Brenden Morrow and Trevor Daley will be out this week, but hope to return for Dec. 8th. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen, out with an groin injury, will be out at least 3 weeks.
- Dan Tencer via twitter: Oilers forward Taylor Hall said his shoulder feels great, but contact is an issue. He’s ahead of schedule though.
- Lance Hornby via twitter: Gary Bettman said he’s “not sure” if a decision on realignment will be done by next week’s BOG meetings.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: David Perron didn’t travel with the Blues to Colorado, as they didn’t want the altitude to create any imbalance in his system. We could play on Saturday, a flu/cold has been going around the team and it may have set him back a bit.
- Dustin Leed via twitter: Leed thinks Flyers defenseman Matt Walker will get claimed off waivers. Leed notes that GM Holmgren said a day or two ago that everyone was looking for a defenseman.
- Luke DeCock via twitter: Scouts at the Hurricanes-Rangers game: Capitals, Senators, Canucks, Maple Leafs, Predators, Avalanche, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Kings, and Stars. 12 scouts the Hurricanes’ AHL team the previous night.
- Jeremy Rutherford via twitter: Jaroslav Halak will start in net for the Blues tonight. Brian Elliott will start tomorrow.
- Tim Sassone via twitter: Corey Crawford will start in net tonight for the Blackhawks against the Islanders.