Flyers Notes: Flyers targeting two defensemen?

Posted: February 02, 2012

With Tim Gleason off the market after signing a four-year, $16 million extension with Carolina this week, the Flyers may turn their attention to two other defensemen: The Hurricanes' Bryan Allen and Montreal's Hal Gill.

  Allen, a rugged 6-foot-5, 226-pounder, is on the Flyers' radar, according to a league source. He would have to waive a no-trade clause in order to be dealt.

  Allen, 31, has a $2.9 million cap hit and he can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. (In case you were wondering, he was not with Carolina when Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was there.)

  As for the 6-7, 244-pound Gill, there is believed to be a difference of opinion about him in the Flyers organization. He has been very solid in the last two playoffs.

 Gill, 36, can also become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and reports out of Montreal indicate he will be dealt. He has a $2.25 million cap hit.

 The trade deadline is Feb. 27.

Injury setbacks

Danny Briere and James van Riemsdyk did not skate at Wednesday's practice after experiencing setbacks in their returns from concussions. They had skated the two previous days.

"They didn't feel as good today as they felt yesterday, so I'm not sure what that means," general manager Paul Holmgren said.

Both are out indefinitely.

"There's no magic wand or magic potion. It just takes time," Holmgren said.

Schenn blossoming

After missing most of the season with various injuries, 20-year-old rookie Brayden Schenn has scored goals in consecutive games and has impressed coach Peter Laviolette.

Schenn "missed a substantial amount of time, and as you get further into the season, the games get harder and harder to play because the playoff picture starts to take shape, and the points become harder to secure," Laviolette said. "The battles become more difficult, the space becomes harder to find. He's trying to jump back at a tougher time in the season, and I think he's finding his way a bit."

"He's finally catching up where he has his legs under him," Holmgren said.


Matt Carle leads the Flyers with 99 blocked shots, followed by Kimmo Timonen with 93. . . . With center Ben Holmstrom sent to Adirondack on Wednesday, Max Talbot is expected to move back to center Thursday against Nashville, which has won five straight. The Flyers are 8-2-2 against Western Conference teams.

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