As reported last night on Twitter, Flyers’ center Blair Betts has signed a two-year extension with the club worth $1.4 million, or $700,000 per season. The deal will keep the 29 year old in the Orange and Black through the 2011-12 season.
“Blair has been a valuable addition to our team this year,” GM Paul Holmgren said in the official press release. “He has a strong work ethic and plays an important role on our team. We are pleased to have him under contract for the future.”
According to media sources, the Flyers are in talks with the Dallas Stars to acquire 34-year old netminder Marty Turco.
Adding fuel to the potential deal, Kevin Allen of USA Today is reporting that the Stars have acquired Atlanta goalie Kari Lehtonen, which set the trade wheel in motion and would likely spell the end for Turco in Dallas.
There was a scary sight during the second period of Monday’s battle between the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center, when newly acquired Devil Anssi Salmela was knocked out cold by a hit from Flyers’ forward Jeff Carter.
As the 2009-10 season progressed, it because more and more apparent that the Philadelphia Flyers needed more (cheap) skill in their top-6 forward ranks.
And that’s exactly what they received on Saturday, as Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren sent physical depth defenseman Ole-Kristien Tollefsen and a 2011 fifth round pick to Detroit for Finnish rookie forward Ville Leino.
“I think he has the ability to play up and down our lineup and play with our skilled players,” Holmgren told Kevin Kurz of Philadelphiaflyers.com. “We’re excited to have him.”