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Radko Gudas Traded To The Washington Capitals For Matt Niskanen

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired defenseman Radko Gudas from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Matt Niskanen, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“We would like to thank Matt for all of his contributions to our organization for the past five seasons,” MacLellan said. “Matt is a consummate professional and was a big part of our success. We wish him and his family all the best moving forward. 

“We feel this move provides us with financial flexibility as we look for additional ways to strengthen our team. In addition, we are pleased to welcome Radko to our organization. Radko is a good defensive defenseman that plays a competitive, physical game.” 

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Philadelphia Flyers Trying To Sign Kevin Hayes

from TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers traded a fifth-round pick last week to acquire Kevin Hayes' negotiating rights from the Winnipeg Jets, but with the clock ticking towards July 1, the two sides have still yet to reach a contract.

Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher remained optimistic about talks with the 27-year-old centre on Monday.

"I've had some good preliminary conversations with Kevin and his representation," Fletcher said. "This week, I expect to follow up with Kevin and his camp and we'll see where it goes. I don't know how to characterize it other than we've had good conversations and we're hopeful we can find a way to make something work."

However, AJ Haefele of BSN Denver reports talks between the two sides "haven't really gone great so far." He adds the door remains open for a deal, but the Flyers are racing the clock before June 23 when Hayes can begin speaking to other teams.

Fletcher admitted Monday that Hayes may want to see out the free agent process for the first time in his career.

continued plus Chicago and Carolina topics too...

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All Chuck Fletcher

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

"I think we're going to be very aggressive in the trade and free agent markets in the sense of looking into every possible situation that can help us," said general manager Chuck Fletcher, who was hired Dec. 3 to replace Ron Hextall. "The unfortunate part is the vast majority of things you look into don't work out. ... So we're going to be very aggressive in trying to fill the holes we feel we have. I don't know if I can say we'll be able to fill all of them."

Where are the holes on your roster?

"We need help everywhere. We need help on defense, at center and on the wing. And obviously, we need another goaltender at least, if not two. We have a lot of needs. We'll be able to plug some of those holes, whether we're plugging them with players on six-year deals or players on one-year deals as placeholders to buy more time to find the right fit. We'll certainly have our roster upgraded next year and hopefully we can find three or four players at 26 years old that we can plug in there for the next 6-7 years. I don't know if that's likely.

"We may have to have some Plan B options. We are aggressively looking in the trade market now. At the right time, we'll certainly speak to every agent for a lot of free agents and see if there's a fit, see if there's players that want to come to Philly and if there's the right fit for our club. The good thing is we've got the assets and the cap space and sometime in the near future, we'll make some good things happen, and hopefully sooner rather than later."

more Q & A....

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A Look At Cole Caufield

from Sam Carchidi of PhillyNews,

Some believe the Flyers should think small with their first pick in the NHL draft.

As in 5-foot-7 right winger Cole Caufield — if he is still on the board when the Flyers make their first selection, at No. 11, on June 21.

Center Jack Hughes got most of the headlines for the U.S. National Development Team, and he is expected to be the first player chosen overall. But Caufield, his diminutive teammate (and frequent linemate), had eye-opening numbers of his own. Hughes led the junior team with 48 points in 24 games; Caufield scored a team-high 29 goals in 28 games.

A University of Wisconsin recruit, Caufield, 18, has a quick release, and scouts say his hockey IQ is off the charts. They say he has good speed, but needs to get faster to compete at the next level.

Will he still be around when the Flyers make their first pick? Well, the draft lottery didn’t help, as the Flyers actually dropped a spot, from No. 10 to No. 11. In reputable mock drafts, Caufield has been as high as No. 7 and as low as No. 30.

“He’s a pure scorer. He’s smart. He’s competitive. He’s quick,” Flyers draft guru/assistant general manager Brent Flahr said.


Elite Prospects has more on Caufield and below watch a recent highlight pacage.

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Is Alain Vigneault The Right Coach For The Philadelphia Flyers?

from Mike Sielski of Philly.com,

So let’s consider those factors. Vigneault will be the Flyers’ fifth head coach since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, which was less than six years ago. Over that span, they have reached the playoffs just three times and have not advanced beyond the first round. And last fall, by firing general manager Ron Hextall and, later, coach Dave Hakstol, they abandoned the lengthy, gradual process that Hextall, rightly, had decided was necessary to rebuild and fortify the organization’s infrastructure.

That the franchise cycled through so many coaches during so short a period with such similar results suggests that none of them were ever the team’s primary problem. And the post-Flyers performances of a couple of them – the Nashville Predators have been consistently excellent under Laviolette, and Craig Berube shepherded the St. Louis Blues to a marvelous turnaround this season – only reaffirm the notion that sometimes a smart coach is just the right person in the right place at the right time with the right group of athletes.

Which brings us back to Vigneault and the reasons for skepticism. In a conference call Monday, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher presented Vigneault as a coach for all seasons and styles of roster. “His track record speaks for itself,” Fletcher said. “He’s had success at the junior level. He’s had success in the minor leagues. And he’s had success in the NHL. You can’t have success at all those levels unless you’re good at developing players, good at connecting with veterans, and he’s a guy who, again, gets his teams to play hard and gets his teams to buy in.”

It’s reasonable to think that the Flyers’ players will respond positively to Vigneault for at least a little while. His credentials and experience should earn him that respect, and both the Canucks and Rangers improved immediately upon his arrival. But it’s worth noting, again, the circumstances of those situations. Vigneault is regarded as a players’ coach, at his best a calming influence over a locker room, and such an influence was required in his previous two stops.


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The New Head Coach For The Philadelphia Flyers Is Alain Vigneault

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers have appointed Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in franchise history, signing him to a multi-year contract, according to Executive Vice President & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

"We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for many years to come," said Fletcher. "He brings a tremendous amount of success over an extended period of time that will prove valuable to our team to take the next steps in returning the winning culture to the Philadelphia Flyers organization."

"It is an honor to be selected as the next head coach of the Flyers," said Vigneault. "The history they have established and the passionate fan base has made this a first-class franchise. I am excited to work with Chuck, the talented group of players and prospects coming up through the system, in order to return Philadelphia to the top of the NHL landscape."

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Dan Bylsma Could Be A Head Coach Candidate For The Philadelphia Flyers

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

Dan Bylsma has directed a team to a Stanley Cup championship and has a connection with general manager Chuck Fletcher, making him a candidate for the Flyers’ coaching job.

How strong of a candidate?

Fletcher won’t say....

It would be ironic if he was hired because Bylsma was despised by Flyers fans when he coached the hated Penguins.

Remember when Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called Bylsma “gutless” after he put his tough guys on the ice and a melee ensued in the waning minutes of a 6-4 Flyers’ win in 2012? In that same game, Laviolette got into a shouting match with Bylsma and Pittsburgh assistant Tony Granato – the incensed Flyers’ coach waved a stick at them and tried to cross the partition between the benches after Danny Briere was taken down by a Penguin — and was subsequently fined $10,000 by the NHL.


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What The Philadelphia Flyers Need

from Sam Carchidi of Philly.com,

No one cares more than No. 28. No one takes losses harder.

But — and you knew a but was coming, didn’t you? — I’m now of the belief the Flyers need more from their leadership group, Giroux included.

Now that Wayne Simmonds is no longer here, the Flyers need a veteran who will get in the face of his teammates when needed.

That’s not Giroux’s style. He played good cop and Simmonds was the bad cop.

From here, not only do the Flyers need to add three major pieces — a No. 2 center, a top-nine winger who can score 25 goals, and a first-pairing defenseman like Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba, who is rumored to be available — but they need to find players who fit those roles and have strong personalities.

Guys who have a “follow me” attitude. Chris Pronger was like that.


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Morning Line- Chris Johnston On The Toronto Maple Leafs

This entire stretch of not-quite meaningful hockey is a bit like a kaleidoscope: You can see in it what you want to see. You can highlight the second period, where the Leafs handled the puck as though they were playing with wrong-handed sticks and Philadelphia “got all over us,” in the words of Matthews. You can point to another four goals behind Frederik Andersen and wonder what that says about his playoff readiness.

-Chris Johnston of Sportsnet after the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 5-4 in a shootout to the Philadelphia Flyers.  Read more on the game.

Game highlights are below.

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Afternoon Line- Jakub Voracek

“We had a good push, but unfortunately, anytime we got close — three points, five points — and we played those big teams in front of us [in] those four-point games, we choked. We couldn’t find a way to win those big games, and that’s why we are where we are right now.”

-Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Sam Carchidi of Philly.com has more.

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