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McLaren to the Flyers

Per TSN, Kyle Mclaren has been traded from the San Jose Sharks to the Philadelphia Flyers for a 6th round pick.

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Carcillo to Philadelphia

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.

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Flyers After Bouwmeester

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.

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Briere Activation Changes Flyers Locker Room

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.”

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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.

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Flyers Goaltending Situation May Be A Good Thing

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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Flyers Depth Takes A Hit

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

First, he had to inform center Glen Metropolit he’d been claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens and would be playing against the Flyers a few hours later.

Then he had to tell defenseman Ossi Vaananen he, too, was claimed and was heading to the Vancouver Canucks.

Then came word from Danny Briere that his nagging groin pain would not allow him to return to the lineup Friday night.

“When I talked to him (Friday) afternoon he told me he’s not quite there yet,” Holmgren said. “His words were, “In my mind I’m not 100 percent,’ and it’s not in our best interests to put him at risk.”...

With Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin back in Philadelphia for the second time in three nights, Holmgren acknowledged he has inquired about defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

more on the Flyers…

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Bouwmeester & More Trade Talk

from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delco Times,

The Flyers would like to improve their blue line and Bouwmeester would be a significant upgrade.

There are a few problems getting in the way of a possible deal.

First and foremost, the Flyers have salary-cap issues. They would need to trade the equivalent or greater salary to Florida in order to fit Bouwmeester on the roster. Bouwmeester makes $4.875 million.

Secondly, Bouwmeester, 25, is an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the season. If the Flyers were to make a deal for the defenseman, they would want to make sure they could sign him to a long-term deal. Trading for him as a rental wouldn’t be prudent, especially considering what he’s going to cost.

Which leads to problem No. 3: The Panthers want an NHL-caliber defenseman to replace him and an NHL forward, yet they don’t want to take too much salary back in return.

more and for all the trade talk today, check out Spector’s Hockey...

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Who’s #1 For The Flyers?

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In the last two games, each goalie has been superb.

In the Flyers’ 2-0 win over Los Angeles tonight, Biron made 34 saves and notched his second shutout of the season. It was also his 25th career shutout. The previous night, Niittymaki excelled in a 4-2 win at powerful Washington….

Coach John Stevens was asked if he would consider using two goalies in the playoffs.

“My focus right now is getting our team into the playoffs,” he said. “I think by that time, someone is going to take the lead role and then somebody is going to be the guy we count on.”

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Don’t Expect Flyers To Make A Big Move

from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Team officials privately, and coach John Stevens publicly, say the trade deadline probably won’t provide a big headline. There are salary-cap constraints and a limited number of available players who could make a big difference and, anyway, they like the team they have now.

“If the deadline comes and goes and the team that’s here is the team that’s here, I think we’re pretty confident this group can compete with anybody,” Stevens said. “I don’t think we’re looking for anybody to come in here and save the day. If we were to make any changes at all, I think it will be to complement what’s already here and not to resurrect anything.”

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Flyers Defense Is Just Fine

from Jack McCaffery of the Delco Times,

Without substantial new investment, Stevens has aligned his seven defensemen so snugly that should the March 4 trade deadline pass without Paul Holmgren adding one more big body to the group, the Flyers will be no less likely to make a serious postseason push….

Holmgren still could add a defenseman at the deadline. Injuries happen, and the Flyers’ defense was fractured during the last postseason. Derian Hatcher is still threatening to make a return. Luca Sbisa likely will rejoin the team for the playoffs. Lasse Kukkonen remains with the Phantoms, providing depth.

But for now, the Flyers’ defense is set, complementary and effective, with just enough youth, just enough experience, just enough offense, defense and skill to work.

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