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from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
All week, fans have been telling me I’m soft on Holmgren because I didn’t write that he had messed up.
Well, the reason I didn’t - and won’t - is I don’t think he has and I don’t think the Flyers are in trouble. In fact, I think the opposite.
“Body of work.”
Look how far the Flyers have come since hitting the bottom rung of the NHL ladder two seasons ago. Holmgren rebuilt the team through a series of carefully planned and executed moves. He may have overspent on the free agents he brought in, particularly Briere, but the majority of the fans, the organization, the media, wanted change and big-name players, and he got them.
via TSN, The Philadelphia Flyers have nullified the trade they made on March 4 for defenceman Kyle McLaren. The 31-year-old did not pass his physical, according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.
McLaren had been sent to Philadelphia from San Jose in exchange for a sixth round pick at this year’s draft.
via Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
...in the Flyers’ ugly 5-1 loss to impressive Calgary, Briere left the game late in the second period and did not return. He suffered another groin injury and he will be sidelined for the fourth time this season.
And, based on general manager Paul Holmgren’s body language and somber responses after the game, it wouldn’t be surprising if Briere was shut down for the rest of the regular season _ and perhaps the playoffs.
Holmgren said Briere will be evaluated Friday.
added 12:07pm, from the CP via TSN,
Danny Briere’s groin injury is not as bad as first feared, and the Philadelphia Flyers centre hopes to play next week.
Briere was examined Friday morning, and his surgeon told him the adhesions broke from his last groin surgery and there was some internal bleeding. Briere said his surgeon told him that was common and Briere could possibly play Tuesday against Buffalo.
Briere had a light workout Friday and hoped to skate on Saturday. He did not expect to play in Saturday’s game against Nashville.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of a momentous day in hockey history.
The Philadelphia Flyers played host to the Ottawa Senators at the Wachovia Center on March 5, 2004, and what transpired was a clash that would make Mike Tyson blush. The teams combined for an NHL-record 419 penalty minutes in a tussle which featured five consecutive brawls in the final two minutes.
read on for more on the game…
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
While many of the Eastern Conference contenders got better today, the Flyers took a step backward. All because they were backed into a corner by their lack of cap space.
So they traded energetic winger Scottie Upshall to Phoenix for tough-guy winger Dan Carcillo, the NHL’s leader with 174 penalty minutes .
My first reaction: The Broad Street Bullies are being resurrected _ and that won’t work in today’s speed-first NHL.(Carcillo and Flyers winger Riley Cote are second in the NHL with 18 fights each.) Still, general manager Paul Holmgren deserves a mulligan. In two years, he has transformed the Flyers from a laughing stock to one of the Eastern Conference’s elite teams.
Per TSN, Kyle Mclaren has been traded from the San Jose Sharks to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 6th round pick.
Per TSN and Sportsnet television, Dan Carcillo has been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Scott Upshall and a 2nd round pick.
Update 2:56pm ET: TSN has a link available now.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The Philadelphia Flyers are stepping up their efforts to acquire defenceman Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers, but salary cap constraints are rearing their ugly head.
The Flyers are bumping up against the cap and they are working hard to try to free up some space.
Sources say one of the options is trading goaltender Marty Biron and turning the number one job over to Antero Niittymaki. One potential scenario has the Flyers trading Biron to the Phoenix Coyotes as part of a plan that would see the Coyotes flip Biron to another team.
But the Coyotes aren’t going to make that move unless they have the other deal already set up.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
But to make room for Briere’s exorbitant salary, the Flyers were forced to demote promising right wing Claude Giroux ($473,000 cap hit) and depth defenseman Lasse Kukkonen ($875,000) to the Phantoms.
This just 24 hours after seeing center Glen Metropolit (two years, $2 million) and defenseman Ossi Vaananen (one year, $1 million) claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks, respectively.
“It’s very disappointing,” Flyers left wing Scottie Upshall said. “We had two key guys lost due to the business side of hockey.
“You try to act like it has no effect on the dressing room, but it definitely does. You’re losing two of your buddies, your teammates, and you’re not getting anything in return. We’re excited about getting Danny back, there’s no question about that. But the new CBA was put in place for that reason, and we’re on the side where we had to make moves.”
During today’s Flyers/Devils game, Simon Gagne took a shot off his open right hand. He went off the ice in obvious pain and has not returned.
added 2:05pm, Gagne back on the bench.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Yes, it would be nice having a dependable, shutdown goalie like Tim Thomas, Steve Mason or Niklas Backstrom.
But it is what it is. That said, the Flyers’ goalie situation isn’t such a bad thing.
The competition should keep both goalies extra sharp and focused as the team jockeys for a playoff position. Biron and Niittymaki are playing for the right to be the playoff goalie. They are both unrestricted free agents after the season, so they are also playing for new contracts.
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