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Flyers Sign Brian Boucher, 2 Years

According to Sportsnet, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Brian Boucher for 2 years, at $925,000 per year.

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Flyers Talk

via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier Post,

With Wednesday’s free agency period looming, the Flyers and Mike Knuble continue contract talks today.

The Flyers are believed to be offering an incentive-based one-year dea with a base salary in the $1 million range. Knuble likely is seeking a two-year agreement with a higher base salary, probably in the $2 million range.

Look for the Flyers to land a goalie on Wednesday, perhaps veteran Brian Boucher or Scott Clemmenson or Ty Conklin and wait until later to sign a veteran free-agent center for the NHL minimum.

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Be Prepared For Pronger

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

If they were the Broad Street Bullies before, the acquisition of Chris Pronger from Anaheim has turned them into the BROAD STREET BULLIES now.

This should inspire thought—if not concern—among the Rangers, Islanders and Devils; not to mention all points north and south.

Let’s not kid ourselves; this Incredible Hulk called Pronger is an unholy terror….

his was an incident last season in Anaheim; Devils vs. Ducks with only a couple of seconds left in a game long ago decided.

New Jersey’s ace, Zach Parise knew that the final buzzer was about to sound and let down his guard.

He did not bargain for Pronger who emerged from behind and delivered a devastating—as dirty as can be—crosscheck that felled the unsuspecting Devil.

Parise survived the blow—don’t ask me how—and Pronger escaped without a penalty, but that’s not the issue, although that is Pronger’s specialty.

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Pronger- Mr. Misunderstood

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Booed mercilessly in nearly every NHL arena except his own, Pronger is perhaps the league’s most misunderstood individual. Certainly, he has crossed the line at times, as eight career suspensions attest, but fans who are convinced that Pronger is nothing but evil are severely misguided.

Pronger himself often fuels the perception that he is a bad guy, perhaps as something of a defense mechanism and undoubtedly to place further fear into the heads of opponents. Brief interactions with Pronger can definitely leave the wrong impression, as evidenced by an incident after one Ducks road game against the Minnesota Wild.

With a collection of reporters nearby, Pronger loudly stated that anyone interested should gather around because he was going to speak only once. Those who knew him thought nothing of it. It was just Pronger being Pronger.

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A Look At The Pronger Trade

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

A boatload of young talent was traded. Moreover, Pronger is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $6.25 million. There are no assurances that he will stay beyond this season, though Holmgren is eager to negotiate an extension, and Pronger’s agent, Pat Morris, is optimistic that a long-term deal can get done.

The trade also leaves the Flyers with precious little salary-cap space.

They are about $5 million under the new $56.8 million cap - and still have to add a backup goalie, a right winger (they want to re-sign Mike Knuble, who has drawn interest from the Penguins), and perhaps another defenseman and a fourth-line center adept at winning face-offs.

It is the second daring move Holmgren has made in the off-season. The first brought a controversial goalie, Ray Emery, whose low salary of $1.5 million and promise caused the Flyers to overlook his previous antics - and enabled them to afford Pronger.

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Flyers Get Their Hammer

from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

“I made it sort of clear [and the end of the season] I would like to get a hammer, a guy who makes life miserable for the other team. This is one of those guys,” said the general manager. “I think we’ve made some strides in terms of revamping our defense over the last few years. You put Chris in our mix, and it makes our defense a good group.”

Pronger, who admitted he was not shocked at the trade, also thinks he will fit in perfectly with his new team.

“The style of the play that the Flyers have been known to play certainly fits my game,” he said via conference call. “They’ve got some great young talent and I hope to help not only develop the team into being one of the top teams in the league, but winning a Stanley Cup. I think that’s why we all play the game, is to win, and certainly the Stanley Cup is the pinnacle for our sport.”

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Chicago Had Interest In Pronger

from Tim Sassone of Between

The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald, “We talked and the price was a little too stiff for us to pay,” Tallon said. “It would have been some good prospects and some players off our roster. We weren’t willing to overpay for him. We like him and he’s a great player, but we want to make a commitment to our core players.”

That’s fine, but then Tallon said, “Philadelphia obviously feels they’re close.”

Wait a second. Aren’t the Hawks close too? The rebuilding is over. This is a 104-point team that went to the West finals and the goal should be winning a Stanley Cup next season because nobody knows what the shelf life of this group will be. Even if it might have cost two No. 1 picks and perhaps Niklas Hjalmarsson and another prospect, missing out on Pronger was not a good start to the off-season.

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Take Notice Pittsburgh

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Paul Holmgren knows he gave up a lot. To get Chris Pronger from Anaheim, Philadelphia surrendered promising young defenseman Luca Sbisa, Joffrey Lupul, two first-round picks and a third round pick.

“Ask me a year from now, a couple years from now if it was worth that,” Holmgren said here at the draft in Montreal.

But in acquiring Pronger, he served notice to the Pittsburgh Penguins that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin’s days of roaming free in front of Philadelphia goalies are over. In Pronger, they now have that nasty defenseman who will make it miserable on the Penguins and everybody else the Flyers play next season. Holmgren wouldn’t call him the missing piece, but his style of play was certainly something the Flyers didn’t have. Now they do.

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Ducks/Flyers Work Out a Pronger Trade

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Ducks and Flyers in serious discussion over Chris Pronger.

added 7:09pm, via TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks have traded defenceman Chris Pronger to the Philadelphia Flyers.

no mention of any names yet, but check the link soon…

Update 7:16pm: From Patrick Williams at the Draft for Kukla’s Korner today—

Also, there is talk circulating that Philadelphia’s Joffrey Lupul is heading back to Anaheim. It is not known whether Pronger and Lupul are part of separate deals, however.

added 7:22pm, From Erin Nicks at the Draft for KK,

Risers chattering excitedly about the Pronger-to-Philly trade.  Questions abound about how he will get along with notorious loose cannon Ray Emery, and whether we’re on our way to seeing the Broad Street Bullies, v. 2.0.

 

added 7:35pm, Anaheim gets Lupul, Sbisa and 2 firsts.

*original post time 6:36 ET

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How The Flyers Can Get Bouwmeester

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Despite months of preparation and countless mock drafts, the Flyers may very well steal the show tonight by landing the rights to Bouwmeester, a smooth-skating, hard-hitting defenseman who has identified the Flyers as one of six teams he would play for next season.

The only way for the Flyers to fit Bouwmeester’s projected $7 million salary under the cap is for Holmgren to include one of their defensemen—perhaps Matt Carle and his $3.4 million cap hit—in a deal with the Panthers or another NHL team. The Flyers are also top-heavy at the forward position, where the cap numbers for Daniel Briere ($6.5 million), Simon Gagne ($5.25 million) and Joffrey Lupul ($4.25 million) have become restrictive.

If Holmgren is confident Bouwmeester wants to play in Philadelphia, he might wait until July 1 to sign him and work out a subsequent trade to shed salary, much the way Bob Clarke did in 2005, when he signed Peter Forsberg, then traded Jeremy Roenick for future considerations.

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