March 1, 2011 |
Not wanting to alter a winning formula - the Flyers lead the NHL with 40 victories - general manager Paul Holmgren did not make any major moves at the NHL trade deadline on Monday afternoon. The players, predictably, liked the fact Holmgren did not deal anyone off the current roster. "We've been playing extremely well all year, and we're pretty confident with the group of guys that's in here," center Blair Betts said after a tough practice in Voorhees. "There's a lot of good chemistry, and sometimes, you just don't want to mess with it. " Holmgren did make a minor deal just before the 3 p.m. deadline, acquiring 6-foot-5, 228-pound left winger Tom Sestito from Columbus for two prospects, forwards Michael Chaput and Greg Moore (seven goals for Adirondack)
February 22, 2001 |
The Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs no doubt will spend the next several days exchanging recriminations. Meanwhile, concussion-plagued Eric Lindros sits, untraded. The NHL trade deadline is March 13. Where does Lindros go, and where do the Flyers go, from here? Probably nowhere new, in the short term. Lindros adviser Gord Kirke said there would be no change, for now, in Lindros' position that he wants to be traded only to his hometown Leafs. And last night, Carl Lindros, Eric's agent and father, added, "It's not over yet. " Even Flyers general manager Bob Clarke - who denounced Kirke and Leafs coach/general manager Pat Quinn with gusto yesterday - would not close the door on a deal with the Leafs, because he knows that until Lindros expands his list of acceptable destinations, there will be only one suitor.
March 24, 2001 |
John LeClair and Simon Gagne joined the team as scheduled, and both should play tonight for the Flyers against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Officially, Flyers coach Bill Barber hasn't said LeClair and Gagne will play, but that has been the clear indication from others around the team. And the Flyers yesterday returned to the Phantoms Derek Plante and Michel Picard, who were called up during the flurry of injuries. LeClair has been out since Dec. 8 with what turned out to be a postsurgical staph infection in his back.
March 30, 2006 |
It's a good thing Ryan Potulny was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award this season, because he won't be around for his senior season at the University of Minnesota. The 6-foot, 192-pound junior center, a third-round draft pick of the Flyers in 2003, agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.6 million yesterday. The 21-year-old Potulny won't win the Hobey Baker Award, either. Even though he made the original cut list, he was not among the finalists announced this week: Denver defenseman Matt Carle, Boston College forward Chris Collins and Wisconsin goaltender Brian Elliott.
March 2, 2001 |
It's that fun-filled time again in hockey. With the March 13 NHL trade deadline approaching, the rumor mills are churning. One rumor yesterday, according to agents and NHL front-office staffers, involved Flyers goalie Brian Boucher. Atlanta general manager Don Waddell is looking for a goalie. He hasn't been able to land Nikolai Khabibulin from Phoenix. But Waddell has spoken to Flyers GM Bob Clarke about Boucher, according to a source in the Thrashers' organization. Clarke said no. Boucher's name reportedly is popping up in several places, including Montreal.
February 17, 2008
A dozen years, that's how many times Marty Brodeur has won 30 or more games. Without question, the New Jersey Devils' goalie has been the best of his generation . . . Ottawa's recent acquisition of forward Cory Stillman and defenseman Mike Commodore looks like a steal, with Joe Corvo and Patrick Eaves going to Carolina. Stillman played important roles in Tampa Bay's and Carolina's winning Stanley Cup titles. Great move by the Senators. Even though Stillman and Commodore will be unrestricted free agents at season's end, these two guys could make a difference if the Sens get things turned around.
July 2, 2007 |
The New York Rangers solved their problems at center in a big way yesterday, signing Scott Gomez and Chris Drury away from Eastern Conference rivals on the first day of free agency. Just hours after the summer shopping season opened, the Rangers landed two of the biggest-name available centers - plucking Gomez from Atlantic Division-foe New Jersey and Drury from the Buffalo Sabres, the team that knocked New York out in the second round of this spring's Stanley Cup playoffs. Gomez signed a 7-year deal with the Rangers worth $51.5 million - including $10 million next season.
March 23, 2001 |
Michael Peca finally will get a chance to play hockey this season. Could Eric Lindros be far behind? Peca, the unsigned Buffalo Sabres restricted free agent, has agreed to represent Canada at next month's World Hockey Championships in Hanover, Germany. Now, Team Canada executive Lanny McDonald is turning his attention to Lindros, also a restricted free agent who rejected an $8.5 million qualifying offer from the Flyers last summer and has missed the season demanding a trade.
March 20, 1997 |
He seldom does it, but when he does, it seems the Flyers almost always score. Defenseman Eric Desjardins zoomed down the right side late in the third period of the Flyers' 6-3 victory over the Maple Leafs last night. Desjardins' pass from deep in the corner to Mikael Renberg at the crease was perfect, and Renberg netted it for the goal that gave the Flyers a 5-3 lead with 5:19 left, providing breathing room in what had been an up-and-down game. Teammates say Desjardins, who doesn't have a tremendous point shot, could score a lot more points if he weren't so responsible.
March 17, 1997 |
As tomorrow's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline nears, it becomes increasingly difficult to decipher fact from fantasy. Fact: The Flyers have some interest in a variety of defensemen and forwards. Fantasy: The Flyers are willing to trade Mikael Renberg to Toronto for goalie Felix Potvin. Fact: Tampa Bay general manager Phil Esposito called Flyers GM Bob Clarke late last week to ask whether he'd be interested in Dino Ciccarelli, who met with Esposito on Wednesday to discuss his future, if any, with the Lightning.