Monthly Archives: July 2010

Flyers sign AHL center Greg Moore

According to Capgeek.com, the Flyers have signed 26-year-old, right-handed center Greg Moore to a one-year deal worth $550,000.

At 6’1, 225 lbs., Moore played just four games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season in which he recording no points.  However, he scored 19 goals and 23 assists in a combined 78 games between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

Moore, a native of Lisbon, Maine and graduate of the University of Maine, was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL draft by the Calgary Flames.

Moore will likely help fill the center void in Adirondack, which lost pivots Jon Matsumoto and Jared Ross  in the offseason.

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Flyers officially ink F-Zherdev

As expected, the Flyers have officially signed forward Nikolai Zherdev to a one-year deal worth $2 million.

Zherdev, 25, is a 6’2, 203 lbs. skill forward with incredible hands and an uncanny ability to finish.  Armed with a great deal of natural scoring ability, the Ukrainian’s naysayers have stated that despite his skill, he is a head case with a lazy work ethic.  The Flyers hope that a steady organization with a high-paced offensive game helps Zherdev gain some consistency.

“Nik is a highly skilled player who, at 25-years-old, we feel will be a good fit to our core of forwards,” said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.  “Prior to playing last season in Russia, Nik ranked as one of the top young point-producers in the NHL. We are pleased to add him to our team.”

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Gagne denies waiving NTC

In an interview with RDS.ca, Flyers forward Simon Gagne stated in French that he has not waived his no-trade clause.

This goes against recent reports by the Philadelphia media that Gagne had indeed waived his right to restrict a trade and had given the Flyers a list of teams he would accept a trade to.

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Flyers ready to acquire F-Nik Zherdev

The sun is hot the snow is cold and the Flyers do not experiment with Ukrainian head cases with Russian tendencies, right?  Yes, that is, until Wednesday.

According to Russian sources and confirmed by Anthony SanFilippo, the Flyers are set to acquire highly talented winger Nikolai Zherdev for an undisclosed term. Zherdev’s representatives were rumored to be asking for a sum close to $4 million per season.

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Flyers enter contract talks with F-Arron Asham

In a move that will thrill as much as it bewilders the Flyer faithful — Philadelphia has opened up talks with unrestricted free agent forward Arron Asham.

Asham, 32, has been with the Flyers since the 2008-09 season, but was told that he would not be retained as a UFA by the organization due to money constraints.  However, according to CSN’s John Boruk, the Flyers have had a second thoughts on the gritty veteran.  San Jose, Phoenix and Los Angeles have also been rumored to have interest in Asham.

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Flyers release 2010 preseason schedule

The Flyers have officially released their 2010-11 preseason schedule.

After opening training camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. on Sept. 17, the Flyers will play eight preseason games starting at home against the New Jersey Devils on Sept. 21 at the Wells Fargo Centre.

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Debunked! Agent denies Flyers hunt for Kovalchuk

Despite a report by Sports.life.ru, which stated that the Flyers had made an offer to free agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk, the simple truth is they didn’t.  At least not according to Kovalchuk’s European agent Yury Nikolaev.

“I never said this,”  Nikolaev said, denying that he ever mentioned any NHL team.

The initial report, printed on Friday, said that Kovalchuk was in discussions with Philadelphia, Colorado and Los Angeles.  However, as it turns out, only one of those teams, the Kings, were actually in the running. And they aren’t anymore.

The report was deemed curious to begin with, as the Flyers have  extremely limited salary cap space and Kovalchuk was rumored to be after a max contract.

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Russian source says Flyers after Kovalchuk

In what has been a strange offseason for the Flyers may have gotten just a bit more odd.

According to the Russian website Life Sports (need translator to read in English), as of Friday, cap-strapped Philadelphia is one of three NHL teams chasing Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

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Gagne asked to waive NTC

It has been confirmed through media sources on Friday, that Flyers forward Simon Gagne has been asked to waive his no trade clause.

However, a trade is not expected to be imminent.

A tough but necessary move by the Flyers, who have less than a million left in salary cap space with restricted free agents Dan Carcillo and Darroll Powe still left unsigned.

Gagne, 30, still has one year left on a contract that would pay him $5.25 million.  He scored 17 goals and 23 points in 58 games last season.

UPDATE: According to Anthony SanFilippo, Gagne has agreed to waive his NTC.

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Is Flyers Gagne a goner?

What started as a simple offseason possibility has grown into something much bigger.

After a free-agent period in which the Flyers spent over nine million on Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Sean O’Donnell and Jody Shelley, it is now being reported by multiple sources that Flyers forward Simon Gagne is expected to become a cap causality.

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