On Friday at 7 PM, the 2008 NHL Entry Draft will take place from Ottawa, Ontario. With multiple teams in the top 10 talking trades, it has the potential to be an interesting day. Here is my (guess) prediction of how the top ten will go, and I will most likely be eating lots of crow come Friday night.
It is being reported by anonymous sources with connections inside the organization, that Carter, Holmgren and Carter’s agent sat down Thursday evening and hashed out a deal to extend the restricted free agent’s contract. The terms have not been disclosed but the number was reported as “lower than expected.” If this news is true the deal will be announced closer to the June 20th entry draft, when both sides were reported by Eklund of hockeybuzz.com to be meeting.
With the 27th overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft, the Philadelphia Flyers have a plethora of options. Not guaranteed a stud, a likely and ideal move for the Flyers could be to trade a roster player to move up in the draft, while also relieving enough cap space to add a defenseman in free agency.
Since top 10 draft choices are close to untouchable because of their high rate of success, the Flyers could potentially move somewhere between 10-20, with a special eye being placed on the Nashville Predators, who are special trading partners with Philadelphia and have the 9th and 15th overall picks.
If in fact the Flyers do move up to 15th with a trade, here is a truncated list of potential prospects who are projected to be around and who would look good in orange and black.
Since the offseason began, rumor and speculation has surrounded the unpredictable Flyers as to what their next move will be. Big names like Brian Campbell, Andrej Meszaros and Shea Weber were all mentioned as possible means to get the defensively inept Flyers over the hump and into the Stanley Cup Finals. But with a tight purse and their own players to retain (Jeff Carter, Randy Jones and possibly RJ Umberger), the Flyers biggest roster impact for the 2008-09 season, will come from within.
Paul Holmgren and the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t waste any time getting busy in the offseason. The Flyers acquired unproven puck-moving defenseman Danny Syvret from Edmonton for center Ryan Potulny.
According to a newspaper in Sami Kapanen’s hometown of Kuopio Finland, the miniature speedster told the paper he will not return to the Flyers to fulfill the final year of his contract, and will return to Finland to play in the Finnish top tier league SM-Liiga.
Kapanen spent a successful five years with the Flyers, tallying 44 goals and 66 assists. Last season Kapanen’s play was on the decline, as he found himself playing mostly fourth-line minutes and specializing on the penalty kill.
“It’s true. I’m retiring from the NHL and planning to play for KalPa in Finland.” he said. “I will miss the Flyers but it’s time to move on.”
The loss of the veteran gives the Flyers a fourth line roster spot to fill and 1.25 mill. to add to the cap. The Flyers will miss Kapanen, but the departure was somewhat expected.