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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets traded disgruntled winger R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round draft pick to Philadelphia yesterday for Scott Hartnell. There is nothing small about this deal.
It was done within the Metropolitan Division, which took a lot of nerve on the part of Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and his Flyers counterpart, Ron Hextall. It involved former first-round picks with recognizable names and healthy contracts. This was big-boy stuff.
Kekalainen deserves high marks.
First off, he found a buyer for Umberger, which was no small feat.
Umberger had asked to be traded. Everyone knew it. If a buyer could not be found, there was a very real possibility that Umberger would have to be bought out — which is both expensive and counterproductive. Buyouts are bad business.
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension with center Brayden Schenn, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Per team policy, no financial terms were disclosed.
Below, watch Flyers GM Ron Hextall discuss the trade...
Columbus press release below...
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 5-10, 194-lb D Kimmo Timonen to a one-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Timonen, 39 (3/18/1975), will return for his eighth season with the Flyers. He was acquired from the Nashville Predators along with Scott Hartnell in exchange for Nashville’s first-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft (previously acquired, Nashville selected Jonathon Blum) on June 18, 2007.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Just what the Flyers need: another $5 million center whose best years are behind him and who turns 30 in August.
This figures to be a very challenging summer for newly-installed general manager Ron Hextall, who has about $6.5 million in salary cap space and is desperately seeking to fill one, if not two, spots on defense, while having to re-sign a half-dozen or so players, including Emery, the backup to goalie Steve Mason.
The Kesler deal, which was wildly speculated without substantiation during the trade deadline, made no sense in March and makes even less sense right now.
Yeah, Bob Clarke tendered Kesler an offer sheet for $1.9 million back in 2006. Vancouver matched. Been there, done that.
We’ve already seen the mess the Flyers got themselves into last July by diving foolishly into free agency to sign center Vinny Lecavalier when the position they absolutely need to upgrade was wing.
via Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Ed Snider, who brought hockey to Philadelphia in 1967 as founder of the Flyers, is battling an unspecified cancer and completed chemotherapy this week, according to several sources.
"He's going to work every day and it's treatable," a source in the organization said.
The condition is "non-life-threatening" and Snider is "doing well," said Ike Richman, a spokesman for Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers' parent company. "He is happy and healthy."
Snider's involvement with the team and the company was not affected by his condition or treatment, Richman said. He added that the team would not comment further.
"The thing that really surprised me is how fast the game was from being behind the bench because as a player, what you focus on is your next shift, what you’re doing and everything. As a coach, you want to make sure we’re playing the system right and you want to make the correct choices.
"I’d be the one who would go up to a guy and tell him if he was in the wrong or right position, or “do this” or “do that” and it was really fast. The first fifteen games being behind the bench, everything was happening so fast that it was harder for me to see our system and figure out where the guys should be and everything. But the more you’re behind that bench, the more you learn and it gets a little bit easier for sure.”
-Ian Laperriere, assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers. More from Laperriere at the Flyers website.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers' best chance to improve may hinge on whether Peter Laviolette is still fuming about getting fired after three games (three games!) last season. Laviolette is now the Nashville coach, and his attacking system is one of the reasons center Vinny Lecavalier signed a five-year, $22.5 million deal with the Flyers last year.
Lecavalier looked lost in Berube's system, looked lost at a new position, left wing. Nashville needs offensive help, so it's conceivable the Predators make a play for the 34-year-old forward and he agrees to relinquish his no-trade clause.
A season removed from a back injury, there's reason to believe Lecavalier can still be effective in the right situation.
Trading Lecavalier would free cap room and give Hextall flexibility to sign a speedy free-agent left winger to play alongside Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.
The Flyers will also get $4.9 million in cap relief when Chris Pronger is placed on the long-term injured list at the start of the season. That will allow Hextall to make an in-season move.
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