It will go down in Flyers history as the Day of Reckoning.
General manager Paul Holmgren took his organization across the hockey Rubicon and with guts made of iron, changing the course of the Flyers’ future for the next decade.
The afternoon of June 23, one day before the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Holmgren ripped the spine out of the Flyers by trading Mike Richards and Jeff Carter less than an hour apart, and replaced it with a younger, more talented but less-proven set of discs and cords.
The Flyers needed salary cap space to sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. They just needed a minor shuffle of the deck and to re-load for a run at the Stanley Cup next season. Instead, they wiped the slate clean.
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The Flyers may have kept primarily silent on NHL trade deadline day, however, they did make one depth move that could pay dividends.
With time running out on the 3 P.M. deadline, general manager Paul Holmgren acquired 6-foot-5, 228 lbs. brute force winger Tom Sestito from the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Flyers 2010 third-round pick Michael Chaput and 26-year-old center and AHL regular, Greg Moore.
Sestito will be immediately assigned to the Adirondack Phantoms.
Sestito, 23, a Columbus third round pick in 2006, played nine games with the Blue Jackets this season, earning a pair of goals, assists and 40 penalty minutes. Big, mean and physical is Sestito’s game. A willing fighter and role-player, the native New Yorker could be used as a net presence and physical entity.
Certainly a project if the Flyers want more than specialized duty from him, Sestito could work as a depth call up or “black ace” come playoff time. Although Sestito might not be the ideal choice to play any post-season games, considering the Flyers’ vapid depth pool, he is an upgrade at 14th or 15th forward.
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.
According to Stefan Legein’s agent Doug Woods, the Flyers have had their eye on his client for quite some time.
Legein, 20, was acquired on Tuesday by the Flyers for defenseman Michael Ratchuk.
“Prior to Stefan being drafted by Columbus, Philadelphia had quite a write-up on him,” Woods told Columbus writer Adam Portzline. “They were very interested in him as a player heading into that draft. So that’s good for Stefan.”
It has been confirmed that the Flyers have traded speedy AHL defenseman Michael Ratchuk to the Syracuse Crunch for 20-year old forward Stefan Legein.
The trade works out simply because Columbus is stacked with young forwards and needs to re-supply puck-moving defenseman, while the Flyers are stacked with young defenseman and could use more young talent at forward.
According to the Swiss League hockey magazine Slapshot, defensive center and former Blue Jacket Jiri Novotny, is waiting on a contract offer by the Flyers before making the decision to depart for the KHL.
Per rough google translation …
“The defensive center Jiri Novotny (26) will wait until Monday to receive an offer from Philadelphia. If he gets no NHL contract,after seven years in North America, he will leave and return to Europe. He has offers from Servette (Swiss league) and from Russia.”
After putting on the stall tactics for a day, the Flyers have officially inked 25-year old defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen to a one-year deal. Terms were not immediately disclosed.
“I feel great. I am really excited to be coming to Philadelphia,” OKT said. “I have always been a fan of the Philadelphia Flyers and what they are all about.”