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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Philadelphia Flyers

Written by Albert Kleine of Broad Street Hockey and can be found on Twitter at @AAKleine

Flyers-deadlineAnother year, another trade deadline, and yet again the Flyers won’t be able to find the ultimate solution to their problems.

It seems that ever since Chris Pronger began his non-official retirement (and even before then), the defensive woes of the Flyers have been the topic of conversation before big movement days like the trade deadline or the first day of free agency. And year after year, they’ve failed to deliver the goods, although not for lack of trying.

This year’s trade deadline will probably be more of the same.

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Morning Hits: Swedish Reserves, Sill, Whitney, Schneider and AHL Deal

  • James Mirtle: Victor Hedman is not on Sweden’s reserve list: (from @puckarine) Lehner, Grossmann, Gustafsson, Brodin, S. Kronwall, Hörnqvist, Johansson, Nyquist.
  • Randy Miller: The Devils recall Joe Whitney from the AHL and send Reid Boucher back.
  • Randy Miller: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils.
  • Pat Steinberg: AHL deal: Abbotsfort trade Mark Cundari (D) to Chicago for Corey Locke (C). This is just a “loan scenario” and NHL rights do not change.

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Rangers, Sabres and Devils

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: LeBrun thinks the two best options for the Oilers in net are Jonas Hiller and Michal Neuvirth.
  • Mark Spector of Sportsnet: Both the Flyers and Oilers may be looking for a change. The Oilers have the scoring wingers in Ales Hemsky and Nail Yakupov that the Flyers could use. The Flyers have the size and grit of Wayne Simmonds, a defenseman in Braydon Coburn and a young center with size, Sean Couturier. Thomas Vanek could be a short-term fix in Philadelphia.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Jouranl: What Darren Dreger said to Dave Naylor on TSN 1050.

    Dreger: “Now you look at the need that the Edmonton Oilers have and there’s obvious interest in Jonas Hiller in Anaheim and there’s some speculation around (goalie Michael) Neuvirth of the Washington Capitals, but both those general managers have to be sitting here going, ‘Really? You know, I know I have an asset here.’ And Toronto is the same. I’m sure there would be interest in James Reimer if (Leafs GM) Dave Nonis were willing to consider it, but it is way, way, way too early in the season to do that, and you might get to the point, which is the trade deadline, where you also say, ‘Well, which one do I trade? Both of these guys have been very solid and I’d like to have both of these guys if I have a chance of contending for the Stanely Cup,’ or you’re certainly in the playoff mix. So when you’ve got a quality goaltender, you hold on tight. We have two of them. You’re very careful before you move one.”

    Naylor: “Dregs, if things got really desperate in Edmonton and we know the expectations are there, ‘Hey, we’re not the young Oilers. This is not development, this is not moral victories and we want to win,’ and they’re off to a rough start. They play tonight in Long Island. If things got really desperate there, and they said, ‘We got to do something. This goaltending thing is just a disaster. We’re willing to peel off a Nail Yakupov for a Reimer,’ would the Leafs do that?”

    Dreger: “I don’t think so.”

    Naylor: “Wow.”

    Dreger: “I don’t think so because I don’t know that Toronto or any team in the National Hockey League, including Edmonton, is sold on Nail Yakupov. And that sounds like a pretty stinging indictment of this young man, first overall in 2012, but he just hasn’t developed to a point yet where you’re going to spend an asset that you can trust to take a shot on this guy. And automatically you’d be wondering, ‘Why is Edmonton picking Nail Yakupov among all of their young stars, or potential young stars, and all of the assets that the Oilers have worked hard at over the years of accruing, why is Nail Yakupov the first guy that is thrown at us?’ There’d be some skepticism.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sources saying the Panthers are willing to move any of their veterans: Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes, Marcel Goc, Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov. Their top young prospects won’t be going anywhere.

    Oilers GM Craig MacTavish didn’t have any luck finding a goalie. Two league executives said their options are Michal Neuvirth, James Reimer and Brian Elliott. They may have looked at Craig Anderson and Cam Ward, but the sense is that neither Anderson or Ward are going anywhere. They won’t sign Ilya Bryzgalov.

    The Rangers are looking for a top-six forward and are dangling Chris Kreider.

    The Rangers may take a run at Thomas Vanek (if he goes to free agency) if they decide to buyout Brad Richards during the next buyout period after the season.

    Ryan Miller is expected to head towards the West Coast if he hits free agency.

    Devils coach Peter DeBoar could be on the hot seat if they continue to slide.

    The Rangers may have offered Henrik Lundqvist a long-term deal at $6 million per season. He’ll likely end up with an eight-year deal in the $7.5-$8 million range.

    The Flyers have tried since the summer to trade Andrej Mezsaros and his $5.5 million salary, $4 million cap hit. The Flyers would also like to move Nicklas Grossman.

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Trade Rumors: Letang, Bolland, BlackHawks, Panthers, Wild, Canucks, Oilers and Flyers

  • Josh Rimer: IF Toronto was going to trade for Kris Letang, it would take at least Jake Gardiner and Nikolai Kulemin.
  • Bob Stauffer: The Blackhawks are said to be looking for a Jason Pominville like return for Dave Bolland.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on if a big name could be traded: “It’s always possible. Nothing imminent at this point.”
  • John Shannon: The Panthers have many teams calling about the No. 2 pick. Steve Goldstein: Panthers GM Tale Tallon said they are ready for anything, to trade up or down.
  • Katie Strang: Though it could be nothing at all, Rangers GM Glen Sather and Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis stepped out of the BOG meetings yesterday and had a conversation.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Wild have a lot of balls in play. They are not able to buy Dany Heatley out as he’s injured. They will need to shed some money. Defenseman Tom Gilbert is in play but there have been no takers. He’s a possible buyout candidate.
  • The Fourth Period: Aside from Roberto Luongo, Canucks GM Mike Gillis is trying to trade defenseman Keith Ballard and David Booth. Ballard could be bought out if they can’t find a trade partner.
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Players that are available for the right price: Dion Phaneuf, David Perron, Dave Bolland, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Roberto Luongo. Not to mention the possibility of Kris Letang. The Oilers and Maple Leafs are eager to make trades. The Leafs, Canadiens and Red Wings will be interested in Vincent Lecavalier and could offer up a 3-year deal in the $4.5 to $5 million range.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Once the Flyers officially sign Mark Streit to his 4-year, $21 million deal, they will have eight NHL defenseman on their roster. They have $27.675 million tied up in seven defenseman. The best case scenario could be that Andrej Meszaros is not healthy enough to play and could go on the LTIR. The Flyers would love to trade him but it would be hard given his injury history. They need to shed some salary along the blueline. Braydon Coburn will get interest and he has a modified no-trade clause. The Flames could have interest. Luke Schenn could be next line, but the sense is the Flyers don’t want to trade him. Seravalli thinks the Flyers should consider trading Nicklas Grossman.

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Injury Notes: Kovalchuk, Staal, Karlsson, Bergeron, Enstrom, Hemsky, Grossman, Briere, Michalek and Marchand

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Rich Chere: Devils Ilya Kovalchuk on playing Friday: ”I don’t know. I’m going to decide with the doctors and coaches, but I don’t think so.”
  • Katie Strang: Rangers Marc Staal said that his peripheral vision is fine, but his eyesight is still a little blurry. He said he still needs to work on depth perception, reading plays, etc.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators Erik Karlsson didn’t skate yesterday and likely won’t for the rest of the week.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Bruins Patrice Bergeron, out with a “moderate concussion” has started working out again.

    “I’ve met with Patrice. He’s been working out,” said Chiarelli. “He’s on his road to recovery, so it looks good.”

  • Paul Friesen: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is questionable for tonight due to back problems.
  • Joanne Ireland: Oilers Ales Hemsky had an MRI yesterday on his foot. Everything was good and he returned to the lineup.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman is out for the rest of the regular season.
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Daniel Briere is the only injured Flyer who “could’ play on Thursday.
  • Ian Mendes: If Senators Milan Michalek feels okay today, he could be in the lineup against the Flyers.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins Brad Marchand left last night’s game after taking an elbow to the head from Devils Anton Volchenkov.
  • Dan Murphy: Cory Schneider was a late scratch last night after coming down with the flu.

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Injury Notes: Emelin, Karlsson, Michalek, Theodore, Briere, Grossman and Staal

  • Canadiens.NHL.com: Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin is done for the season after suffering a torn ligament in his left knee.

    “Anytime you lose a player for the season it’s bad news, and this was a guy that was playing so well for us this year too. It sucks to see him have to go through that – I know what that’s like – but we’re going to have to find a way to fill that gap,” said Josh Gorges, addressing the news of Emelin’s injury following the Habs’ Monday morning practice. “The style he plays and what he brings to this team is hard to replace. It’s up to us to be resilient, find ways and find answers. You can’t stress too much about what isn’t there – you have to find a way to move on, as hard as that may be.”

  • Ian Mendes: As Erik Karlson skated yesterday, Senators goalie Craig Anderson said, “It’s not that far-fetched that he could play before the end of the regular season.” Daniel Alfredsson had been texting with Karlsson, and knew he planned on skating soon in an attempt to get back this season.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean said that Milan Michalek is ”getting closer and closer” to returning to the lineup. It’s up to MacLean now when Michalek gets in.
  • George Richards: Panthers goalie Jose Theodore skated yesterday for the first time since suffering his groin injury. He hopes to be able to play before the end of the season.
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers forward Daniel Briere practiced yesterday for the first time since suffering his concussion on March 23rd. He hopes to be able to return on for Saturday’s game against the Sabres. Defenseman Nicklas Grossman had setback last week on his recovery from a concussion.

    “We saw what happened to Nick in the past week with some setbacks,” said Briere, who skated on defense Monday just to get back on the ice, “and we’re just trying to make sure it doesn’t happen here again.”

  • Mike Johnston of Sportsnet: Rangers defesneman Marc Staal could back on the ice in the next 7 to 10 days, and returning before the end of the season according to Nick Kypreos. He’s been out since March 5th after taking a deflected shot by his eye.

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Injury Notes: Liles, Bourque, Letang, Anderson, Hossa, Shaw, Briere and Grossman

All from twitter

  • Jonas Siegel: The Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Jesse Blacker as John-Michael Liles is out.
  • Marc-Antoine Godin: Canadiens Rene Bourque has stopped skating which may be a concern for the rest of the year.
  • Bruce Garrioch: There is no timetable on Craig Anderson’s return to the Senators lineup.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw didn’t skate this morning.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Daniel Briere is out indefinitely with a concussion.
  • Anthony SanFilippo: Flyers defesneman Nicklas Grossman is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

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Quick Hits: Staal, Hamrlik, Anderson, Brodeur, Grossman, Meszaros, Read, Janssen, Kinkaid, Frattin, Johnson, Liles, Komisarek, Reimer and Hedberg

  • New York Rangers: Rangers Marc Staal was examined by an ophthalmologist and a maxillofacial surgeon today. “The injury has improved significantly and both doctors are optimistic that Marc will make a full recovery.”
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators goalie Craig Anderson’s ankle isn’t getting any better.

    “He does (need more time),” said coach Paul MacLean. “I don’t think he’s had a setback, but it hasn’t responded like we anticipated. We’re going to make sure (he gets rest).”

  • Rich Chere via twitter: Devils coach Peter De Boer said that Martin Brodeur is “feeling better” but not close to returning. Brodeur is no longer day-to-day.
  • Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers announce that Nicklas Grossman, Andrej Meszaros and Matt Read are all day-to-day. Eric Wellwood was loaned back to the Adirondack Phantoms.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: The Devils have sent forward Cam Janssen and goalie Keith Kinkaid back to the AHL and recalled goalie Jeff Frazee.

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Quick Hits: Staal, Grossman, Clarkson, Allen, Scouting Capitals-Bruins and Hurricanes-Sabres

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal took a puck by his right eye after a Kimmo Timonen slapshot was deflected by Jakub Voracek. Staal doesn’t wear a shield. The Rangers didn’t release any information last night.

    “I’m praying it’s not the worst,” Brian Boyle told The Post. “I said a couple of prayers [on the bench] when it happened.

    “It’s scary. It makes you queasy. He’s a friend, not only a teammate.”

  • Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossman left after the first period last night after suffering a hip flexor injury according to sources.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils winger David Clarkson grew up in Toronto and it’s his favorite place to play. He’ll be a UFA at the end of the season and gets asked often if he’d consider signing with the Maple Leafs.

    “You always have people who’ll ask you things and say things,” Clarkson said. “My focus is winning and doing what we did last year. I leave all that other stuff to (agent) Pat Morris. I just go out and play. Everything else is second to me. I want this team to be successful.

    “My focus right now is right here (with the Devils). We’ve got to get this turned around. We have something special in here. I want to win. All those other things will fall into place in summertime.”

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Flyers interested in Luongo … Burke was close on Luongo deal … Luongo tweet

  • James Duthie via twitter: Despite some denials, Ciccone’s tweet is accurate. This doesn’t mean they will get him or make an offer, but they have inquired. They could buyout Ilya Bryzgalov in June.
  • Adrian Dater via twitter: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is going after Luongo big time. They will buyout Bryzgalov next year.
  • Frank Seravalli via twitter: Holmgren on the Luongo rumors: ”That made me chuckle. Safe to say they aren’t true. They have no basis or merit.”
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Flyers thought process as of last night is, to trade for Luongo then:

    1. Secretly hope that Ilya Bryzgalov retires to the KHL right away.
    2. But with his huge contract making that about a 1% chance of happening…
    3. Just barely sneak Luongo’s $5.3 million cap hit under the cap level of $70.2 million for this season, and go with a goalie tandem for this short season of Luongo-Bryzgalov. This assumes that Chris Pronger’s nearly $5 million cap hit comes off the books this year, because of LTI relief. (Long Term Injury).
    4. If they don’t win a Stanley Cup with that tandem they…
    5. Buy out one of the two contractually. That leaves the other standing as the No. 1 guy, and then they can worry more about getting under the $64.3 million cap for next year.

    The fact is, the Flyers regret the Bryzgalov signing. He was brutal most of last year, regular season and playoffs. They are curious as to what it would take to trade for Luongo.

  • Adrian Dater via twitter: The Canucks would like to get Nicklas Grossman in a Luongo trade, but it’s unclear if the Flyers would go that far. If the Canucks can’t get Grossman, may ask for Luke Schenn.
  • Dan Rosen via twitter: No matter who is trying to trade for Luongo, the Canucks won’t give him away, and Gillis will want fair value for him. It won’t be a major haul, but a good prospect and a decent draft pick seems fair.
  • Craig Custance via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said he hasn’t talked to Nonis about a Roberto Luongo deal: ”Not allowed to talk about trades until this deal is done. It’s not done.”
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: Burke wanted Luongo bad and Nonis will push for him as well. The Canucks insist there are other teams interested. The Canucks want to get quality return for Luongo, and can still see him working out well with Schneider in a shortened season if the right deal isn’t there. Staying in Vancouver isn’t the first choice for Luongo, both are professionals, and Luongo won’t go a city that isn’t right for his family.
  • James Mirtle via twitter: Mirtle was told that even with Burke, the Maple Leafs and Canucks were close on a deal. Burke thought the asking price was too high and was playing the waiting game.

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Several Players Sign Overseas … Kane leaving KHL

  • ESPN: Ducks Cam Fowler and Flyers Nicklas Grossman signed with Sodertalje in Sweden. Flyers Matt Read and Rangers Carl Hagelin are already playing for Sodertalje.
  • Winnipeg Sun: Jets Evander Kane has left Dinamo Minsk of the KHL. Kane recorded only one goal in 11 games, and was suspended for one game for an illegal hit. Dinamo’s coach criticized Kane for being out of shape.

    “Unfortunately, Evander Kane could not adapt to hockey in the KHL,” athletic director Igor Matushkin said on the team’s website.

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No one’s talked to Luongo … Leafs turn down Kadri trade offer … Enstrom and Fehr heading overseas … Kerdiles staying … Hartley’s challenge

  • Taj via twitter: Nick Kypreos said that the Maple Leafs turned down a 1st round pick and a roster  player for Nazem Kardi.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: Doesn’t look like Nicklas Grossman will be playing with Sodertalje of the SEL, as they can’t cover his insurance.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks prospect Nic Kerdiles will remain with Wisconsin over the long term despite his suspension that will last for another 5 weeks. He will remain at school instead of heading to the WHL. He was suspended for receiving an “improper benefit” from an agent.
  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Flames coach Bob Hartley on the challenge ahead,

    “My goal and my challenge is to create a new culture and new identity. That’s nothing negative to people that came before me, I’m the guy that has the mandate from ownership and when you come in you come in with your beliefs, your experiences and you mesh this with the people on your team. I worked with Jay Feaster in Hershey, so I know the expectations and I know the way that my GM will work. Before we get on the ice my job is to create that new identity and that new culture, get the guys all the on the same page, make them believers.

    “While there is not a ticket available, we are in the entertainment business of winning hockey games and they always remember you if you win. My organizations gave me six championships in five leagues and with the meetings I have had with the players I feel confident that we can turn it around. Our goal is not to be in the playoffs — maybe that’s step one — but if you’re not there to win the Stanley Cup you should leave your job to someone else.”

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