Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Wayne Fish at phillyBurbs,
He insists there are ways to be creative. But that’s basically GM-speak for possible salary dumps — either the trade of another veteran or getting another older player such as Derian Hatcher to join Sami Kapanen in retirement.
Even though Holmgren has added four defensemen in the past week (including Tuesday’s deal for Janne Niskala of Nashville), only one of those (Steve Eminger) has NHL experience.
So it’s pretty safe to guess that the Flyers would like to add another mobile defenseman with NHL time before the dust settles. For that to happen, Holmgren is going to have to be “very creative.”
Sources tell TSN the Philadelphia Flyers and forward Jeff Carter have officially agreed to terms on a three-year, $15 million contract extension.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
With just four days remaining before the free-agent market opens, the Flyers are inching toward multi-year contract agreements with potential restricted free agents Jeff Carter, Randy Jones and Riley Cote that will determine how much they can spend on free agents….
The Flyers still must make a decision on 36-year-old defenseman Derian Hatcher, who has one year remaining on a contract that pays him $3.5 million.
Hatcher has expressed a desire to play at least one more season and unless he retires or accepts a buyout, the only way the Flyers can remove him from their cap number is to place him on the long-term injury list.
NHL.com has posted stories on every team in the Atlantic Division. Make sure to check it out for the latest information!
R.J. Umberger could be headed back to central Ohio.
Rumors are spreading in Ottawa that Umberger, who attended Ohio State, could be headed to the Blue Jackets at some point this weekend. No word on what the Blue Jackets would be trading to Philly.
You can scratch Jeff Carter’s name off the list of potential trade bait this weekend. Sources are telling Sportsnet that Carter has agreed to a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers that is believed to pay him no less than $15 million.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
The farther one goes along with this Collective Bargaining Agreement now in place in the NHL, the more bizarre are the experiences that keep arising….
The first is the case of Evgeni Malkin, who gave the Pens and their fans a lift of hope when he announced—much to his agent J. P. Barry’s chagrin—that he doesn’t need to be paid any more than Sidney Crosby on a five-year deal.
After Barry got through rending his garments at his client’s honesty, he thought about the opportunities staying in Pittsburgh might afford the young Russian in terms of competing for championships and came to the conclusion that as long as they limit the term to five years or the loss of just one year of unrestricted free agency, a deal near Crosby’s $8.7 million per season might be acceptable.
read on plus Jeff Carter talk…
The Philadelphia Flyers announced Wednesday that they have traded the rights to forward Vaclav Prospal to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
“Vinny really didn’t express much of an interest in coming back and playing for us next season,” said General Manager Holmgren in making the announcement. “His heart is elsewhere.”
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
A year ago, Paul Holmgren cleared enough space under the NHL salary cap to sign Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell to contracts worth a combined $115 million.
Because of those contracts and the ones he’ll need to give restricted free agents Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger, Randy Jones and Riley Cote, Holmgren will find himself trying to shed salary while trying to add draft picks and a puck-moving defenseman at this weekend’s NHL draft.
From Sam Carchidi at the Philadelphia Inquirer,
General manager Paul Holmgren called Mr. Dvorak a solid player and “fun-loving guy who couldn’t wait for practices to end so he could go and have a few beers. He was a throwback-type guy.”
The two were teammates for two seasons in the early ‘80s.
“He was an older player when he came here, but he was a strong player and a pretty good offensive player,” Holmgren said. “He would be a good player in today’s game.”
Holmgren said Mr. Dvorak reminded him of the “wild and crazy guys,” Georg and Yortuk Festrunk, played by Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin. The actors played bizarre (and hysterically funny) Czech brothers in a recurring skit for Saturday Night Live.
Dvorak arrived in Philadelphia unable to speak a word of English, played his first NHL game at age 31, and was named the Flyers’ top defenseman in 1984. He also made quite an impression on many hockey fans, judging from the small pile of emails I’ve received about his death since yesterday. A very sad loss.
Update 12:52pm ET: More on Dvorak’s life at International Hockey Legends.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org