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Flyers Claim Lukas Krajicek; Trade to Come?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on February 1, 2010 by flyersfan44

The Flyers claimed Tampa defenseman Lukas Krajicek off waivers.

The Flyers got some help on defense when they claimed 6’3, 205-lb. defenseman Lukas Krajicek off waivers from the Lightning. Krajicek is a serviceable defenseman who has played for several teams over the last six years. He’s still young at 26 and will provide some additional experience on the blueline.

I thought the Flyers were going to get Dion Phaneuf from the Flames – they were talking – but Phaneuf just went to Toronto in a blockbuster deal. Not sure if claiming Krajicek means they got their defenseman. I was hoping for a top-four d-man. I still think Scott Niedermayer is a possibility.

Trade rumors continue around Jeff Carter. He has been mentioned in a possible deal to Montreal along with a prospect for goalie Jaroslav Halak, defenseman Paul Mara, forward Tomas Plekanec and a 2010 first rounder. I don’t think the Flyers are interested in Halak. However, I know they’d like to get a first round pick since they traded theirs for Pronger. Mara may interest them as well. It may be worthwhile to note that Krajicek is from the Czech Republic and so is Plekanec. Did they claim Krajicek knowing that they’re going to acquire Plekanec? OK, maybe that’s far-fetched.

The Flyers are supposedly one of a few teams that are in on a possible Ilya Kovalchuk deal. (The others are Chicago, LA, Rangers, and Bruins). The Thrashers’ sniper is almost certain to be traded but would command a player, prospect and draft pick. I don’t see the Flyers giving up a Giroux or Van Riemsdyk and they don’t have the pick, plus the offense has picked it up. They need more help on defense and if a deal goes down, I think it’ll be for a blueliner.

With the Olympic break looming, there’s sort of two deadlines so let’s see what happens between now and the Olympics.

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Latest Flyers Trade Rumors: 12/15/09

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 16, 2009 by flyersfan44

The disaster continued last night in Pittsburgh, where the Flyers were pasted by the Penguins, 6-1. At this point, the trade rumors are flying fast and furious. It fully looks as though a major deal will occur on Friday before the Christmas player movement freeze goes into effect Saturday until December 27, especially if the Flyers lose to the Penguins at home on Thursday.

The Flyers’ name that is most often mentioned is Jeff Carter. Check my previous post for why I think that trading him would be a great idea. I think management has also soured on Scott Hartnell. He is continuing to take penalties after coach Peter Laviolette has voiced concern about this. With a contract of about $4 million per year and a no-trade clause, he could be difficult to move. However, management could probably convince him to waive the clause if they really want to.

As for names mentioned as possible acquisitions, it’s well-known that Atlanta is shopping Ilya Kovalchuk, but I think a trade involving him may be more likely to happen nearer to the trade deadline. Vinny Lecavalier continues to be mentioned as a possibility, but I think and hope the Flyers would be more interested in younger players, especially if a Jeff Carter is involved.

Keep your eyes on Carolina and Los Angeles. Eric Staal is not having a great year for struggling Carolina, with four goals in 22 games. However, he scored 40 last year and is a big center, which the Flyers like, and is only 25 years old. Center Chad LaRose also has been mentioned. He had 19 goals and 31 points last year – decent production and plays better than his numbers indicate. I am sure that Laviolette would like to get some of his old players in here – they would be familiar with his system and could sell it to the Flyers’ players.

The Flyers really like Dustin Brown of Los Angeles, a 25-goal and 50-point left wing. Couple him with Alexander Frolov, who had 32 goals last year but whose production has fallen off some this year, and you could have a good deal there.

Management is ready to pull the trigger on a major trade. My money would be on Carolina and Eric Staal among others, but watch L.A. also.

The Only Thing Flying in Philly are Trade Rumors

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 13, 2009 by flyersfan44

Some cold, windy weather in the City of Brotherly Love last week and yeah, they were trade winds. There were 16 scouts at the Flyers – Ottawa game last Thursday. The Flyers are 1-4 under Laviolette and came out with no jump in a 4-1 loss at New Jersey on Saturday, spotting the Devils a 3-0 lead before the Flyers realized they were in a hockey game. Things are turning into a major disaster in a hurry. If the team doesn’t decide that they need to play for this coach, management will not continue to tolerate the same lackadaisical, little-effort play that this team is producing. The decision will be made that this is not the “right” group of players. It’s interesting that a team that on paper looks really talented cannot produce and play at a higher level. It underscores the fact that it’s more than talent that wins – you need players that are willing to work hard and put out a true, consistent effort. Keep your eye on the next three games at Boston and a home and home with Pittsburgh. Lose those three or maybe just two of the three and I believe a major trade will happen at that point.

Who’s ripe to go? The first player I would ship out is Jeff Carter. Great wrist shot and scoring ability, fast, and versatile. No heart, too lackadaisical, floats, poor defensively, doesn’t bear down around the net. Could have put away game 2 in Pittsburgh in last year’s playoffs but nonchalanted a chance in close and Fleury got over in time to save it. In my opinion, his approach and attitude is the single biggest reason that this team is the laid-back, overrated entity that we are seeing on the ice. Dump him and his big salary.

Secondly, Dan Carcillo. Undisciplined and short-fused, he takes bad penalties at inopportune times and can’t play that well, either. Asham can play and he’s the only fighter we need.

Can’t figure out what’s wrong with Braydon Coburn. He looked great two seasons ago but is playing horribly this season. Looked really bad on the first Devils’ goal Saturday. If we get a defenseman back in a trade, he could easily go.

Ryan Parent is not developing as hoped. Looked like an up and coming promising player two years ago but looks lost now. He could go as well.

If the Flyers decide that they need another goalie, either to take pressure off Boucher while Emery recovers from surgery or in the case that a number one netminder is needed if Emery doesn’t recover well or implodes emotionally, the Flyers are interested in Jaroslav Halak of Montreal and the Islanders’ Marty Biron.

Finally, Atlanta is shopping Ilya Kovalchuk. Hmmm…

More Flyers Trade Rumors

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by flyersfan44

Supposedly, the Flyers are close to pulling off a huge deal involving a major player(s) that would clear much cap space.  It could happen as early as tomorrow.  Speculation will be that it involves Danny Briere, who is being shopped but from what I’ve heard, don’t rule out that it could involve Joffrey Lupul, Scott Hartnell, Randy Jones, or even – brace yourselves – Jeff Carter.

Some have debunked the previously posted rumor of a trade sending Briere to L.A. with the Flyers getting the Kings first round pick in this year’s draft.  The question is why would the Kings want Briere and his huge contract. You could ask that question about any team that would entertain the possibility of trading for Briere.  Consider that the rumored trade would also land Dany Heatley in L.A.  Briere and Heatley have played on the same line in international competition with great results.  Considering that, it might be worth it to the Kings to take a chance on Briere.

Other rumors have Briere going to Toronto with the first round pick for defenseman Thomas Kaberle and the Leafs third rounder.  I like Kaberle, but no way I would do that.  There’s also a three-team rumor with Briere going to Florida, the Flyers getting Kaberle and Toronto’s second rounder and the Leafs getting Florida’s Nathan Horton and the Flyers first rounder.

Flyers Blow Game Six; Penguins Win Series 4-2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 26, 2009 by flyersfan44

It was an uncomfortably warm 87 degrees in Philadelphia on Saturday and among the things that evaporated in the unseasonably warm weather was the Flyers’ 3-0 lead over the Penguins in game six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Four minutes into the second period, the Flyers had built what appeared to be a solid lead on goals by Mike Knuble, Joffrey Lupul, and Danny Briere. Fans were pumped that the series looked to be going back to Pittsburgh for a deciding game seven. But hold on, as they have struggled to do all season, the Flyers could not play a full 60 minute game, easing up with the lead and allowing the Penguins to put 20 shots on net in the second period and to bang home some  garbage goals from in close to tie the game.   A laser shot just inside the post by Sergei Gonchar in the third period gave the Pens the lead and fittingly the Flyers’ nemesis Cindy Crosby sealed it with an empty netter. 

It was fitting that the Flyers season ended as it had gone all year, with the Flyers losing focus (check my post about a game against the Canadiens for a typical example), allowing too many shots, and failing to play a full 60-minute game.  Whether this is from coaching or lack of maturity, it is a critical problem that needs to be corrected. 

I don’t think we can blame Marty Biron, who played well through the series and couldn’t be faulted on any of the goals in game six.  I would point out that Jeff Carter looked awful in the series, scoring only one goal, and inexplicably appeared to be floating at times even in Saturday’s game.  How a player floats through a crucial playoff game is beyond me. Not sure if he was hurt, but his lack of intensity makes me angry.  He has a habit of playing in a nonchalant manner at times, demonstrated by his miss of an open net in game two. He failed to bear down from in close allowing Fleury to get a pad on his shot and failing to score a goal that likely would have put the game away for the Flyers and tied the series at one game each.  Faceoffs continued to be a problem with the Flyers losing too many draws.  Interesting how the issues that were identified all season long ended up having a major impact on why the Flyers lost this series.

Once again, the Flyers put together a solid season with over 40 wins, but they once again could not get to that level of 50 wins and a Stanley Cup. It’s 34 years now. 

The season starts to slip away from Marty Biron and the Flyers.

The season starts to slip away from Marty Biron and the Flyers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Flyer Mark Eaton scores as Richards and Timonen watch helplessly.

Former Flyer Mark Eaton scores as Richards and Timonen watch helplessly.

Carter Makes All-Star Team; Richards Snubbed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 11, 2009 by flyersfan44
Mike Richards puts one of his non-All Star worthy 44 points past Toronto's Vesa Toskala in Saturday's 4-1 Flyers win.

Mike Richards puts one of his non-All Star worthy 44 points past Toronto's Vesa Toskala in Saturday's 4-1 Flyers win.

Although he did not appear on the ballot, Flyers center Jeff Carter was named to the NHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team.  Carter is having a breakthrough year and is leading the League in goals.  Although Carter certainly deserves this honor, it’s unbelievable that Mike Richards did not make it.  He has been the Flyers best all around player and has 44 points as of January 11 with a +16 rating.  Unfortunately, many deserving players were left off the team this year thanks to a system that allows fans to vote for the six starters.  Montreal fans shamelessly stuffed the virtual ballot box on NHL.com, and voted in four starters from the Canadiens.  So, for example, Alexei Kovalev (11 goals, 32 points) is starting while Boston’s Phil Kessel (24 goals, 41 points) and New Jersey’s Patrick Elias (19 goals, 48 points) will remain at home with Richards.

Looks like there’s three things that have caused these All-Star injustices to occur.  First, the fans’ disregard for the idea that they should objectively vote for the best players rather than their home team players.  You would expect Montreal fans especially to have respect for the ideals of the game.  Second, every team must have at least one representative.  Someone not as deserving as someone else could make it because of this stipulation.  Third, there’s more teams now than ever in the NHL but virtually the same number of players (18 skaters, 3 goalies) are chosen as when there were fewer teams. 

It’s nice to involve the fans, but if they’re not going to respect the ideal of the All-Star Game then maybe a new system needs to be devised.  Thanks, Le Quebecois!

NHL All-Star Game Balloting

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 6, 2008 by flyersfan44

Evidently, fans of the Montreal Canadiens are intent upon engineering an All-Star Game opening lineup that is entirely made up of Les Habitants.   In the fan voting for the Eastern Conference starters as of December 4, five of the six were Canadiens as a result of Montreal fans stuffing the virtual ballot box at http://vote.nhl.com.  Now, I expected better from Canadiens’ fans, who certainly know their hockey.  I would expect them to use that knowledge to vote for the best players as one would expect to see in an all-star game rather than just vote for the home team.  I mean, Carey Price is the goalie right now even though his goals-against average puts him about 15th in the league.

Adding to the impending injustice is that Flyers’ forward Jeff Carter isn’t even on the ballot.  Let’s see, who leads the league in goals?  Um, oh imagine that, it’s Jeff Carter. (Actually he’s tied for the lead with 18).  Simon Gagne, the fourth leading scorer in the league with 31 points, is another Flyer who could merit a starting spot.  Fortunately, there is the capability to write in a player on the voting form and fans can vote as often as they like.  Go to http://vote.nhl.com, put aside homerism, and vote for those who you think are the best players.  I would argue that Carter deserves a write-in vote for his excellent play and scoring this year.  See an earlier post for more information.