July 2, 2011 |
IT WASN'T Mikael Renberg, or Karl Dykhuis or even Brent Fedyk. But it was a blast from the past. And that blast ended up being one of the biggest splashes on a Free Agency Friday Frenzy that saw nearly $300 million doled out to more than 60 players as the Flyers continued to revamp their drastically different roster. Yesterday, the Flyers signed former Hart Trophy winner Jaromir Jagr to a 1-year, $3.3 million deal, snatching the right winger out from under the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, who were long thought to be the front-runners for his services.
December 16, 1998 |
Rod Brind'Amour thinks the subject is just plain silly. Why make a big deal of the fact Brind'Amour has played in 430 successive games, the NHL's longest current iron-man streak? You might as well congratulate him for breathing, or for not walking around barefoot in wintertime. He's supposed to play. He's getting paid $3.5 million this season to play. He enjoys playing. So he plays. "That's what they pay you for; they don't pay you to practice, they pay you to play," Brind'Amour pointed out the other day. "This, to me, isn't all that big a deal . . . You guys ask the same questions, everywhere I go. It's more a pain in the [butt]
October 10, 1998 |
Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins, marooned in a desolate locker room with a few dozen reporters who wanted to go over every detail of the Flyers' season-opening victory, broke into a broad grin. He had just seen the man of the hour, new goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, padding resolutely toward the throng. "Oh, boy," Desjardins sighed. "A savior. " That certainly is the idea. We'll need several dozen more games to know for sure. The Beezer era opened with a shutout in Madison Square Garden, an intense if fumble-fingered 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers.
February 19, 1997 |
They have speed and an abundance of size to go with it. They can finesse or fight or grind the opposition down. They have the third-period grit they so sorely lacked a season ago. Yet the one tangible element that makes the Flyers a legitimate Stanley Cup contender was never more evident than it was over the weekend when they undressed the star-studded Pittsburgh Penguins - depth. The Flyers exposed the Penguins' lack of depth while humiliating them with their own. Playing without five regulars, including their top two centers, Eric Lindros and Dale Hawerchuk, the Flyers outscored the highest-scoring team in hockey by 11-3 with guys like Trent Klatt, John Druce and Pat Falloon, none of whom is a household name around the NHL. "Clarkie has put together an organization with trades, free agency and drafting that speaks very loudly of the job he's done," Flyers coach Terry Murray said of his boss, general manager Bob Clarke.
February 17, 1997 |
Less than five months ago, Trent Klatt was available in the NHL waiver draft. Nobody took him. The Flyers, who had the richest unprotected list in the league, lost forwards Rob DiMaio and Bob Corkum that day in late September. But not one NHL team thought it needed Klatt, a banging winger who had scored just three goals in 49 Flyers games last season after coming from Dallas in a trade for Brent Fedyk. This morning, Klatt has 17 goals, to go with his 17 assists. On the Flyers this season, only John LeClair (35)
January 22, 1997 |
The way Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock figures, the Flyers got the best of the Trent Klatt for Brent Fedyk trade. Even though Hitchcock doesn't remember much about Klatt as a player in the Dallas system, he does know that he is having the best year of his career and that Fedyk, mostly because of injuries, hasn't played at all for Dallas. "It's been a big disappointment for us," Hitchcock said of Fedyk. For the Flyers, Klatt has been the opposite. In his second season since arriving in the December 1995 trade, Klatt has earned a permanent spot among the Flyers regulars.
July 19, 1996 |
Flyers left winger Trent Klatt signed a two-year contract yesterday believed to be worth about $962,000. Acquired in a mid-December trade with Dallas for Brent Fedyk, Klatt saw a lot of time on the club's third line with center Joel Otto and left wing Shjon Podein last season. He finished with three goals and 11 points in 49 games as a Flyer during the regular season and had four goals and one assist in the playoffs. "Trent made it clear Philadelphia is where he wanted to play," said Jeff Solomon, the agent who negotiated the deal.
May 8, 1996 |
The bristly, reddish playoff beard suits Trent Klatt's face, gives it character and definition. Likewise, the playoffs have brought Klatt's game into focus. He was just another anonymous grinder through most of the regular season, scoring three goals in 49 Flyers games after coming from Dallas in a December trade for Brent Fedyk. Last night, Klatt scored his fourth goal in nine playoff games, surpassing his Flyers regular-season total. It was a huge one, too, the third-period tally that set the final score, just when the host Florida Panthers were pressing to tie. Dan Quinn passed from the right circle to Klatt in the slot, where he was posted up strong, Panthers forward Radek Dvorak clinging to his back.
April 29, 1996 |
There was a time during the 1995-96 season when Bob Clarke appeared to be trying to corner the market on hard-working, no-finesse forwards. The Flyers had never seemed exactly short in this area, so as the team struggled through a midseason slump, in which nobody seemed able to put the puck in the net, fans got a bit grumbly. Enough with the role players. How about adding some skill? Clarke, the Flyers' president and general manager, eventually did get around to a "skill" deal, nabbing Dale Hawerchuk from St. Louis for Craig MacTavish, an acquisition that fueled the Flyers' late run to the Eastern Conference regular-season championship.
April 28, 1996 |
The NHL playoffs agree with Trent Klatt. After taking 49 regular-season games to score three goals for the Flyers this season, Klatt picked up his third goal in just six playoff games in the first period last night against Tampa Bay at the ThunderDome. "It's important for everyone to step their game up," Klatt said after the Flyers had wrapped up their series with the Lightning with a 6-1 victory. "It's an urgent time of the season. I also was getting a few lucky bounces I wasn't getting in the regular season.