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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Before the start of the free-agent period, a player can tell his team - in Bouwmeester’s case, Florida - he is willing to talk with a team that is interested in acquiring his rights.
Bouwmeester has not given the Flyers permission to talk with him and see if he would sign for X amount of dollars before they made a deal for him.
He apparently hasn’t given any team permission, an NHL source said.
“My gut sense is that they can’t get him to agree to talk to anybody now,” said a Flyers official who asked to remain anonymous. “That’s the wrinkle.”
more on the Flyers/Bouwmeester talk…
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with reporters Monday in Phoenix after the latest U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearings regarding the Coyotes franchise. In that hearing, Judge Redfield T. Baum approved an accelerated schedule for an auction sale among local bidders who would keep the team in Glendale, Ariz. The local bidder deadline would be Aug. 5. Baum also set Sept. 10 as a fallback date for a relocation auction. Here is an edited transcript of Daly’s conversation with the media.
Daly: We’re pleased that the judge adopted the two-tiered approach to the auction, and we’re confident – we’ve said all along we’re confident – there’s a viable offer that will make this team viable in Glendale, and now we’ll let that process play out.
Q: How important was it for you guys to go first?
A: I think it’s important. It was very important. That’s what we’ve preached all along, and our objective all along has been to find a local owner who will make the team viable in Glendale and will generate enough cash to pay the creditors. That’s what our objective has been.
Joe Haggerty of WEEI says so. At one time, it was believed the Capitals were the favorite to be the opponent, but it now looks like the Flyers.
I do know Tarik El-Bashir of Captals Insider wrote earlier today that it looked doubtful that the Caps would be playing on New Year’s Day.
Most of us know some ot the NHL players participated in the PokerStars.net Charity Shootout on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
The winner was supposed to be kept a secret, since it will be shown on ESPN on a later date, but our very own commish broke the news on his radio show yesterday that Scott Hartnell won the event.
I also found this story on the Hartnell win this morning….
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens are not interested in acquiring centre Daniel Brière and it has nothing to do with the fact he snubbed the team two years ago when he was an unrestricted free agent.
Brière has a no-movement clause in the eight-year, $52-million contract he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2007, but the franchise has hopes of creating some cap space.
The folks in Philly have talked to the Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings, but neither team was interested. There also is a report that they have talked to the Phoenix Coyotes, although you have to wonder whether anyone has the authority to talk on behalf of the team that may or may not be bankrupt and/or on the way to Hamilton.
Montreal passed on Brière because, despite their previous interest, the last thing they need is a small centre with a cap hit of $6.5 million for each of the next six seasons.
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Defenseman Derian Hatcher officially announced his retirement from the NHL and has been named the Flyers’ player development coach.
Hatcher, 37, spent 17 season in the NHL, including parts of four seasons with the Flyers. He missed this entire past season and underwent knee replacement surgeryl ast week.
From Darren Dreger at TSN:
Another bizarre twist in goaltending may soon unfold in Philadelphia.
Sources tell TSN former Flyers goaltender Robert Esche is on Philadelphia’s radar and may be lured back from the Kontinental Hockey League where he was playing with SKA St.Petersburg.
Philadelphia is one of a few teams believed to be interested in Esche, who spent four seasons with the Flyers before moving to Russia following the 2006-2007 season.
Barry Smith, the head coach for SKA St.Petersburg confirms the NHL interest in Esche, but says he won’t be able to let Esche out of his contract, which has one year remaining, unless he can find a suitable replacement in goal.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Goalie Ray Emery was articulate and honest _ and didn’t throw a single punch at Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin when he was introduced at Wednesday’s news conference in Voorhees.
OK, that was a cheap shot. But when you come with Emery’s baggage, you expose yourself to all types of criticism.
That said, Emery could emerge as the bargain of the year.
The Flyers announced Wednesday they had agreed to a one-year deal with the 6-foot-2, 196-pound Emery. The deal is for $1.5 million, and if Emery returns to his 2006-07 form _ he led Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Finals _ the Flyers will be feeling very good about themselves.
Though I was in favor of re-signing Marty Biron, I like this move - if it enables the Flyers to sign Jay Bouwmeester or Mike Komisarek, a pair of defensemen who can become free agents on July 1.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Both (Barry) Smith and Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry, say the KHL was no summer vacation. It was serious hockey with primitive conditions outside the rink that most NHLers wouldn’t have the fortitude to tolerate.
“To go overseas to Russia to play, to me, means you really want to play,” Smith said. “It’s not easy. It is the hardest place in Europe to go and play hockey – for sure. So he chose the hardest place to play and he played very well, taking his team to first place.
“I think this speaks volumes for a kid who wants to get back in the league [NHL].”
Playing in Russia was very different than North America. Emery would have to show up at 5 p.m. – more than 24 hours before his game – at a gymnasium with other team members where they would bunk-in overnight.
“Forget what these guys were earning, they slept on cots in a gym before the game,” Barry said.
The Flyers will be announcing today the signing of Ray Emery. Good move?
added 11:16am, Official release from the Flyers on the signing…
via Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It looks like the potential opponents for the Boston Bruins in next New Year’s Day outdoor game at Fenway Park has been narrowed to two teams, the Philadelphia Flyers or Washington Capitals, ESPN.com has learned.
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