According to sportnet.ca, 23 year old Flyers’ forward Jeff Carter has come to terms with the Flyers for 3 years – $15 million. The signing is not a surprise as it was reported on philabright days ago that a deal was all but inked and would be announced closer to the draft.
Carter scored 29 goals and had 24 assists in 82 games last season, and also showed his potential by hittting another gear when the injury bug bit the Flyers late in the year.
For those of you with a TV in the vicinity and time to spare, should check out the Euro ’08 quarterfinal matchup between Portugal and Germany at 2:45 PM EST on ESPN. Portugal has dominated the tournament so far but Germany has had its number in the past few years. Should be a good one.
- Minnesota Wild forward Brian Rolston is set to become a UFA after denying the latest offer from the Wild. The 35 year old Rolston said he loves playing in ‘Sota and wants to stay there to finish his career which — makes one believe that the offer from the Wild was insultingly low. He is looking for an offer for 3-4 years at around 4-5 million a year. The Wild likely offered him 3-3.5. In a statement by Rolston, he emphasized all he was looking for was “market value”.
- Columbus continues to be the eye of the trade storm. Possessors of the sixth overall pick, the Bluejackets have been rumored to be entertaining offers from San Jose for Patrick Marleau and Florida for Olli Jokinen. Remember, Columbus has a boatload of money under the cap and is looking for real deal forwards, so don’t rule out Ottawa, Montreal or Boston as dance partners.
- The Evgeni Malkin rumors refuse to go away. The Kings are the name most mentioned when it comes to a draft blockbuster. Eklund of hockeybuzz said the Kings would be willing to part with Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and two first rounders for Malkin.
- The New York Rangers ownership is in hot water with the league after accusing the NHL of violating anti-trust laws. Commissioner Gary Bettman is furious and doing whatever it takes to give the ownership group the boot.
Reminder: The draft takes place tomorrow at 7 P.M. EST in Ottawa. It can be seen on Versus in the states, don’t miss it – it could get very interesting with big names moving all over the place.
Oh yeah… Go Bastian Schweinsteiger!
After renting UFA to-be Vaclav Prospal from the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline, the Flyers have traded the 33 year old forward’s rights back to Tampa for a seventh round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry draft and a conditional pick in 2009.
The connection between Prospal and Flyers’ center Danny Briere was undeniable. Prospal’s presence helped Briere up his production and was a big reason the Flyers got past the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadians. But a sudden disappearance by Prospal at the end of the Montreal series and all of the Pittsburgh series soured many on his return. General Manager Paul Holmgren was not one of the soured however, and viewed Vinny as a legitimate offseason signing as an insurance policy to a concussion Simon Gagne.
“Vinny really didn’t express much of an interest in coming back and playing for us next season,” said Holmgren. “His heart is elsewhere.”
Prospal, who tallied 29 goals and 28 assists before joining the Flyers was looking for a contract somewhere in the 3-5 million per year range, a price too high for the Flyers regardless. If Vinny signs with the Lightning, the conditional pick will turn into a fourth rounder in ’09.
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.