Monthly Archives: June 2010

Flyers select F-Tye McGinn with the 119th pick in 2010 NHL draft

With the 119th (fourth round)  selection in the 2010 NHL entry draft, the Flyers have selected forward Tye McGinn out of Gatineau in the QMJHL.

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Flyers select C-Chaput with 89th pick in 2010 NHL draft

With the 89th selection (third round) in the 2010 NHL entry draft, the Flyers have selected center Michael Chaput from Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

“I’m very excited,” Chaput told the media. “I didn’t talk to the Flyers before the draft or anything. It was quite a surprise.

“I bring a lot of energy and a lot of grit to my game.  I like to bring the offensive side also.”

Listed at 6-foot-2, 194 lbs., Chaput is a skilled, not overly physical but feisty forward with an ability to play a two-way game.  The Montreal-native, who scored 28 goals and 27 assists in 68 games in his 2010 campaign, expects to be NHL ready in 2-3 years.  He has decent offensive potential but as scouts noted, needs to add strength to match his smooth skating and size.

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Hamhuis’ agent denies advanced talks with Flyers

The break up between the Flyers and the coveted but soon-to-be unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Hamhuis, was suspected to be about money.  Maybe even his role in the defensive game plan.

But according to Hamuis’ agent Wade Arnott, the split had nothing to do with the contract.

“We did not present a framework for a contract to Flyers at any point, nor indicate any salary demands,” Arnott told ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun.

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Flyers repackage Hamhuis to Penguins for 2011 pick

You can’t say the Flyers were held completely out of the 2010 NHL entry draft.

As the first round of the draft came to an end in Los Angeles on Friday, the Flyers got their usual draft-day ink by trading the rights of defenseman Dan Hamhuis to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a third-round selection in the 2011 entry draft.

Hamhuis’ rights were acquired from the Nashville Predators, five days ago, in exchange for young Flyers defenseman Ryan Parent.

Twenty-seven year old Hamhuis and the Flyers were at odds over a new contract which had the blue liner rumored to be asking for upwards of $5 million a year.  Hamhuis will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

With the money aimed at Hamhuis now freed up, it is expected that the Flyers will target a high-priced goaltender.  Philly was rumored to be close to a deal with the San Jose Sharks for the rights of 34-year-old backstop Evgeni Nabakov.

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Holmgren nixes Carter trade talk

Trade talk, rumors and speculation is what the NHL offseason has come to be all about.  But in the case of the Flyers moving center Jeff Carter, general manager Paul Holmgren put a stop to the chatter.

“People see things (websites and blogs) and think that he’s available.  It’s not the case,” Holmgren told CSN’s John Boruk.

“It’s hard to find a 6-foot-3 centerman who can skate.  I can’t see Jeff Carter anywhere but with the Flyers.”

It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

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NHLPA maintains salary cap bump

What’s the perfect gift for a team still needing to sign a goaltender, free agent defenseman and two restricted free agent players with roughly $8 million in cap space to do so?

How about an estimated $2.2 million bump in the salary cap.

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Flyers get Western to start 2010-11 (full) season schedule

The Flyers will ring in the 2010-11 season with some Western Conference flavor.

After starting the season off  on Oct. 7 in Pittsburgh’s brand new Consol Energy Center against the Atlantic Division rival Penguins, which will be the first of three meetings against the Penguins in Oct., the Flyers will travel to St. Louis to face goaltender Jaroslav Halak and the Blues on Oct. 9.

Philly’s home opener and Eastern Conference champion banner raising ceremony will be two days later on Monday, Oct. 11 when the Flyers host sophomore Matt Duchene and the Colorado Avalanche.

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