For the most part, the NHL’s collaboration with Stan Lee of Marvel Comics, in what has been named the “Guardian Project,” has been a disappointing one. An interesting idea with children in mind, the marketing tool for the 2011 All Star Game in Carolina lacks true imagination.
In summary, every couple of days the Guardian Project Facebook page uses fan votes to unlock an illustration of each team’s guardian, done by Marvel. The Flyers have been handed “The Flyer.”
The Flyers don’t have excess spending cash or glaring areas of weakness on their roster. But according to Chris Botta of FanHouse, that won’t stop general manager Paul Holmgren from making a move at, or before, the deadline.
“A league source tells FanHouse that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren will exhaust all means necessary to put last year’s Stanley Cup finalist in the best position possible for another championship run.”
Marc-Andre Bourdon’s season just keeps getting worse.
Entering the preseason behind seventh defender Oskars Bartulis on the Flyers’ defensive depth chart, the former third-round selection in the 2008 NHL draft, has had a down year with the league-worst Adirondack Phantoms, scoring just one goal and six assists with a minus-11 rating in 33 games. His performance as a 21-year-old, which has been unimpressive all season, has even recently landed him in the press box as a healthy scratch.
From Stanley Cup Finals to the waiver wire.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced on Monday that goaltender Michael Leighton has been placed on waivers, months after helping Philadelphia reach its first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1993.
Leighton, 29, who was signed to a fresh two-year, $3.1 million deal in the offseason, began the 2010-11 season on injured reserve with a severe back injury (bulging disc). That, along with the introduction of prospect Sergei Bobrovsky, left the 10-year journeyman as the odd-man out. The move will free up a much-needed $1.55 on the salary cap.