Flyers get enforcer; are more moves ahead?

Posted: April 03, 2013

Max Talbot's injury and the team's mini-surge apparently have changed the Flyers' plans: They now could be a buyer as Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline approaches.

They made a minor move Monday, acquiring enforcer Jay Rosehill from Anaheim for speedy winger Harry Zolnierczyk. Rosehill, a left winger, is expected to be at the Flyers' practice Tuesday in Voorhees.

The Flyers announced that Talbot suffered a broken left leg in Sunday's wild 5-4 overtime win over Washington and that he would be sidelined indefinitely. Talbot, arguably the team's best penalty killer, likely won't play again this season.

With points in three consecutive games and two straight wins, the Flyers are back in the playoff hunt as they get ready for Wednesday's difficult game against visiting Montreal.

On Saturday, general manager Paul Holmgren said he did not expect the Flyers to make any major moves by the trade deadline, and he said it was doubtful the Flyers would pursue a "rental" player.

An NHL source, however, confirmed Monday that the Flyers have had exploratory trade talks about acquiring Dallas winger Jaromir Jagr, San Jose winger Ryane Clowe, and Calgary defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. However, Bouwmeester was traded to St. Louis on Monday night.

Because of recent injuries to three of their top defensemen - Nick Grossmann, Braydon Coburn, and Andrej Meszaros - Bouwmeester, a puck-moving defenseman, would have filled the Flyers' biggest need.

Carolina's Jamie McBain is another defenseman who could interest the Flyers. He is just 25, with another year (at $1.9 million) left on his contract, and the Hurricanes reportedly have been dangling him.

Clowe, 30, has had a disappointing season (no goals, 11 assists in 28 games), but he has averaged 20.5 goals in the last four seasons. He is a big power forward who, unlike Jagr, would not be a rental player.

Clowe, slowed by a shoulder injury earlier this season, will apparently waive his no-trade clause if he is given an extension by his new team. He can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Dallas reportedly is shopping Jagr, 41, who had an excellent season with the Flyers last year. In 33 games this year, he has 26 points with the Stars.

The Flyers have about $3.5 million in cap room, but that will grow significantly if they place some of their injured players on the long-term-injured list.

It is probably not a coincidence that the trade for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Rosehill came after Jake Voracek - who is tied for the Flyers' scoring lead - got into his first NHL fight Sunday when defending star center Claude Giroux.

The Flyers apparently do not want to risk their leading scorers' getting injured doing the dirty work.

Rosehill, 27, who also has played some defense, has spent the season with the Ducks' AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.


Contact Sam Carchidi at scarchidi@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @BroadStBull.

Staff writer Marc Narducci contributed to this article.

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