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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.

Trade Rumors: Briere is being Shopped; Ottawa’s Heatley to L.A.?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 17, 2009 by flyersfan44

With a couple of weeks until the NHL Entry Draft on June 26-27, the trade rumors should become more plentiful as the draft gets closer.  The Flyers are obviously trying to shed some salary in the hope of signing or acquiring a free-agent defenseman or two.  They are supposedly very interested in Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester (they almost acquired him at the March trade deadline) and Montreal’s Mike Komisarek has also been mentioned as a possibility.  The Flyers signed goalie Ray Emery instead of re-signing Marty Biron, saving about $3 million.  However, to afford someone like Bouwmeester, they’re going to have to dump more salary. 

The obvious cause of much of the Flyers salary cap woes is the heavy contract of center Danny Briere.  At $6.5 million per season, the Flyers just are not getting the value in return. He was injured for most of the season, did nothing in the playoffs, and his small stature makes you wonder if he can hold up physically over the length of his current contract.  The Flyers had talked to Montreal about Briere, but the latest is that they are no longer interested.  It may be tough to trade him since he has a no-trade clause and the huge contract.

They very latest rumblings are intriguing.  Ottawa’s Dany Heatley has requested a trade.  It looks like there may be a three-team or perhaps four-team trade in the works right now (with the Flyers being the fourth team).  In this scenario, Heatley would be traded to Los Angeles for their first round pick (#5 overall) in this year’s draft. The Flyers would trade Briere to Tampa Bay for Vinny Lecavalier and then immediately trade Lecavalier and perhaps a player off their roster  to Ottawa for the Los Angeles pick.  Tampa would immediately trade Briere to L.A. for defenseman Jack Johnson and perhaps a prospect  and would also receive picks from Ottawa.  (Again, this is contingent on Briere agreeing to go to the Kings).

I think it would be a good move for the Flyers to dump Briere and his huge salary for the #5 pick overall.  This would really give them some space under the cap, they’re already loaded with forwards, and they could use the pick for a very good young player.  In the meantime, they would have money to make a good free agent signing or two.  It should be interesting to see if or how this plays out over the next couple of weeks.

Scotty Upshall Traded to Phoenix

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 12, 2009 by flyersfan44

Just back from Florida where I had to endure telecasts of Panthers games.  Their announcers (who include former Islander defenseman Denis Potvin) must be the biggest homers in the league.  According to them, the Panthers do no wrong, no penalties called against the “Cats” are really penalties, and there’s frequently subtle digs at the Flyers at any opportunity.  I hope they miss the playoffs since Florida shouldn’t have an NHL franchise anyway.  By the way, Denis, your goal in game six of the ’80 finals was knocked in with a high stick. 

Couldn’t comment on the deadline trades until now.  Supposedly the Flyers were set to make a big deal and even got an extension from the League past the 3:00 PM deadline, but the other team pulled out. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the Panthers and the oft-rumored Jay Bouwmeester trade.  The only thing the Flyers did was trade winger Scotty Upshall and a second round pick to Phoenix for Daniel Carcillo.  This greatly upset many Flyers fans and I have to admit that I was surprised that we traded for a third enforcer to complement Aaron Asham and Riley Cote.  Let’s face it, though, Upshall was very fast and it will hurt to lose that speed but he was performing below expectations. He was a first round pick (ninth overall) of Nashville but had eight goals this season.  I pointed this out to my nephew at a game a couple months ago and was verbally attacked for not realizing his value as a player who stirs things up.  He definitely had alot of exuberance, but was too small to hit really hard and sometimes took ill-timed penalties.  He will be a UFA at the end of the season, made 1.2 million, and wasn’t scoring enough.  The Flyers did not want to re-sign him for 1.5 to 2 million this summer, so they traded him and got another enforcer.  Let’s see what Carcillo does.  If he plays with Briere and Giroux, he could gain them some room. It also gives the Flyers some options for next year in terms of enforcers.  Riley Cote doesn’t score and loses about half his fights, so if Carcillo lights the lamp some, plays smart yet aggressively, he could fill the enforcer role next season.  As popular as Upshall was here, his production and contract dictated that he be moved.  I’m not thrilled that they had to throw in a draft pick as well (the Rangers got Antropov for less than what we gave up for Carcillo), but this may not turn out to be a bad trade.  Sorry Brian.

Flyers Trade Umberger and Acquire Defensemen at the Draft

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 21, 2008 by flyersfan44

The 2008 NHL Entry Draft was held this weekend in Ottawa.  There was a great deal of activity among the teams with alot of trades, two of which involved the Flyers.  As rumored, center RJ Umberger was traded, but not for a puck-moving defenseman.  He was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets along with the Flyers’ fourth round pick for Columbus’ first-round pick (19th overall) and their third round pick.  The Flyers used the first round pick to draft Swiss defenseman Luca Sbisa from Lethbridge of the Western Hockey League.  Sbisa is an offensive-minded defenseman who had 33 points and was a plus-19 in 62 games this past season.  At 6’2 and 190 pounds, he will have the size to compete in the NHL and scounting reports indicate that he could be a power play quarterback. 

The Flyers then traded their own first round pick (27th overall) and their third round pick to Washington for defenseman Steve Eminger.  Although Eminger was a first round pick (12th overall) of the Caps in the 2002 draft, he never developed well in Washington.  At 6’2 and 212 pounds, Eminger has great size but is not the puck-carrying defenseman the Flyers need to acquire.  He did, however, play well against the Flyers in this year’s playoffs, so he may turn out to be a dependable, steady defenseman with the change of scenery. 

The trade of Umberger was unfortunately probably necessitated by salary cap numbers.  As a result of his strong playoffs, Umberger was undoubtedly asking for more than the Flyers could manage to pay while still signing a free agent, offensive defenseman that they are expected to pursue.  Since Umberger will be a restricted free agent in July (unless Columbus signs him before that) it was likely that he would have signed elsewhere.  In trading Umberger for a higher first round pick, the Flyers got an offensive defenseman for the future.  It remains to be seen, of, course, how the trade pans out since we won’t know until Sbisa develops and begins playing in the NHL.

With money from Umberger and the recently-traded Vinny Prospal freed up, let’s keep an eye on the free agent market beginning July 1.

Vinny Prospal Traded

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 19, 2008 by flyersfan44

On June 18, the Flyers traded the rights to forward Vaclav Prospal to Tampa, the team from which they acquired him in February.  The Flyers received Nashville’s seventh round pick in this year’s draft, which the Lightning had held.  An unrestricted free agent, Prospal had not indicated interest in re-signing with the Flyers and was expected to sign elsewhere.  If he signs with Tampa, the Flyers will also get Tampa’s fourth round draft pick next year. 

Although Prospal had briefly sparked Danny Briere’s line, he pretty much disappeared in the Eastern Conference Finals.  Since he wasn’t going to re-sign with the Flyers, GM Paul Holmgren did a good job of getting something for him instead of losing him for nothing once free agency opens on July 1.

Trade Rumors

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on June 9, 2008 by flyersfan44

Trade rumors are fun except, I suppose, for the players whose names are mentioned.  Nevertheless, I came across a couple of rumors recently that are interesting and that may be plausible. 

A few weeks ago, I heard a rumor that had RJ Umberger going to Nashville for defenseman Ryan Suter.  This may have some credibility because it could be difficult for the Flyers to re-sign Umberger (a restricted free agent) for his asking price, which should be fairly high since he had a strong playoffs, along with the other free agents they need to sign (like Jeff Carter) and then have money to sign a puck-moving defenseman.  Suter is a young, offensive-minded defenseman who has really good potential.  He was a first round draft pick (7th overall) in 2003.  He had 31 points in 76 games last season. 

Yahoo Sports had another rumor involving Umberger or Scottie Upshall going to Ottawa for defenseman Andrej Mezaros.  Again, Umberger’s name surfaces as he is seen as a good commodity right now.  His trade value is pretty high.  Upshall had an up and down season, spending some time in coach John Stevens’ dog house.  He can play a great hitting game with lots of intensity but this sometimes leads to bad penalties.  Mezaros, like Suter, is an offensive-minded defenseman who put up similar numbers as Suter last season: 9 goals and 27 assists for 36 points in 82 games.  He was a first round draft pick (24th overall) in 2004.   He has some size at 6’2 and 218 pounds. 

I could see either of these happening although I suspect Ottawa would want more than just Upshall for Mezaros.  With Bryan Murray as the Senators GM and his brother as the Flyers assistant coach, there may be a connection there that could make this reality.  I would part with Umberger for Mezaros.  Although I really like RJ as a player, the Flyers are pretty strong at forward, especially if Gagne returns to form and Claude Giroux makes the team.  Mezaros is a young, solid defenseman who would look good on our power play.

The Flyers’ recent acquisition of minor-league defenseman Danny Syvret from the Oilers for minor-league forward Ryan Potulny may give indication of the Flyers’ understanding of their need for mobile, puck-moving defensemen.  Keep an eye on this rumor over the next couple of weeks.