After weeks of searching for a roster defenseman via trade, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was forced to hit the bargain bin on Saturday. It’s being reported that former Tampa Bay blue liner Lukas Krajicek, has signed with the Flyers as a free agent
The former first-round pick reportedly passed through waivers and was released by the Lightning, leaving him available for the Flyers to pick up.
Primarily a stay-at-home defender, Krajicek has 10 goals and 60 assists in 301 career games between Florida, Vancouver and Tampa Bay. Not a big hitter, Krajicek is adept at shot blocking.
Tampa Bay placed Krajicek on waivers with no intention of bringing him back up. The 26-year old was not having a strong year in the Sunshine state and was blocking the way for some younger guys in the Lightning organization, who are in full rebuild mode.
There was once a time in which Russian defenseman Denis Bodrov was considered to be the top blue line prospect in the Philadelphia organization. But on the heels of signing a measly AHL contract with the Flyers on Monday, after being exiled from his KHL team Atlant Mytischi due to poor play and a feud with management, it seems that times have changed.
“He hasn’t played in about a month,” General manager Paul Holmgren told Frank Seravelli of the Daily News. “I don’t really know the process over there in Russia, but it worked out where he was free to do what he wanted. He’s been here the last few days.”
During the third period of the Flyers’ 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, a typical line scrum erupted. In the middle of it stood Flyers’ forward Arron Asham and a turtled Matt Cooke. As the melee appeared to be breaking up, Asham began furiously throwing punches to the back of Cooke’s head, warranting penalties on both sides.
The cause of Asham’s outburst: He says Cooke bit him.
As defenseman Danny Syvret gathered himself after being boarded by Dallas’ Steve Ott in the first period of the Flyers’ 6-3 win Tuesday, it was clear something was wrong. The 24-year-old slinked over and immediately headed for the trainers room.
The diagnosis was ligament damage in his shoulder, which could sideline the blue liner for a several weeks. However, coming off a knee strain, Ole-Kristien Tollefsen is vastly approaching 100-percent and will replace Syvret in the lineup. Ryan Parent remains out with a mysterious lower back problem.
Syvret has two goals and two assists in 21 games this season. The unexperienced rear guard struggled under former coach John Stevens, but has found new life in Peter Laviolette’s system. Syvret scored his first two NHL goals in Jan.
NHL executive John Dellapina told the the Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturday, that the reason why Simon Gagne’s controversial second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday didn’t count, was that the replay room in Toronto was not sent the correct replays from FSN Pittsburgh.
“… An NHL executive said last night that replay officials in Toronto were not given the proper replays by Fox Sports in Pittsburgh on Thursday, when they ruled that Simon Gagne’s goal did not count against the host Penguins … ”
TSN’s Darren Dreger sent mild shock waves through the transaction-starved hockey community on Saturday, saying on his twitter that Atlanta general manager Don Waddell has approached Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, about moving the rights to bona fide super star Ilya Kovalchuk.
Despite just seeing 14 total shots, Flyers’ goaltender Ray Emery feels like his conditioning stint with the Adirondack Phantoms was a success.
“I felt alright,” Emery told the Adirondack media. “It’s different coming down not knowing the guys you’re playing against and I haven’t played a game in over a month. It was different, but it felt alright.
”The team almost played too good. I didn’t have much action, just some little kind of spurts there. I accomplished kind of what I wanted to do, just wish the team could have won.”