Were they scouting other teams' players?
We know the noise: We're drafting for other teams and there probably are future
It's the perception that's so puzzling.
One of the players the Sixers acquired is named
Jason Smith, a 7-footer from Colorado State. Just 3 days later, the Flyers traded for Jason Smith,
a defenseman from Edmonton, which would
seem to put Philly at its Jason Smith limit.
It's a shame the Flyers didn't trade for
someone named Tim Duncan, eh?
Bye-bye, Buffalo . . . or see ya, Sabres
While Flyers fans were celebrating their
hopeful renaissance yesterday, in Buffalo they were picking through the rubble.
The Sabres, who had the most points in the
NHL last season, lost both of their co-captains to free agency, Daniel Briere to the Flyers and Chris Drury to the Rangers. They weren't happy about it.
Managing partner Larry Quinn said the Sabres talked to Drury about a new deal last September and said they would match any offer. Once they knew they were going to lose Drury, they turned their attention to Briere, but it was too late.
"The plan was to bring Chris Drury back," Quinn said. "He's a very hard player to
replace. And you just don't go up on the shelf
and buy another one." *
- Chuck Bausman
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