Rumors, speculation and amateur attempts at general managing have become a staple of every NHL offseason. While ideas become somewhat intriguing during a summer of disappointment and vacant of real news, rumor mongering is typically unreliable and in some cases, annoying.
So when the scuttlebutt broke from Twitter on Monday night that New York-based news hound Incarcerated Bobclaimed the Toronto Maple Leafs and Flyers are in “serious discussions involving Jeff Carter,” there was a spark of curiosity and rightfully very few true believers. Just another Carter trade rumor.
However, there is one overlooked nugget in Bob’s proposed deal that is hard to ignore. The formula actually makes sense.
Looking to bust out of a four-game slump with pure force, the Flyers will activate both Jody Shelley and Dan Carcillo for tonight’s contest against the visiting Edmonton Oilers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Forwards Nik Zherdev and Andreas Nodl will be the healthy scratches.
According to the Edmonton Journal, 23-year old flashy forward Rob Schremp, who is fresh off a one-year, two-way deal with the Oilers, may be available via waivers or trade and the Flyers have shown interest.
“Schremp could have signed for less than $715,000 to make him more marketable to somebody else–the Philadelphia Flyers have also been sniffing around, but don’t have a lot of salary-cap room–but his two-way deal makes him attractive.”
After 17 years, one of the game’s toughest and most respected warriors has decided to hang up his skates.
“This summer, as I was training and working out, I just didn’t feel it. It’s just time to take on something new,” Jason Smith told the Ottawa Sun on Wednesday. “I thought about it quite a while. Not like I flipped a coin and made a decision. It’s time to move on.”
The Flyers have recalled 23-year old Phantoms’ defenseman Danny Syvret to replace injured defenseman Randy Jones. Jones tweaked his hip/groin in the second period against the New York Rangers on Sunday.
“It is still pretty tender today. I’m still getting treatment, but it is still pretty sore,” said Jones. “I am getting, by but it’s not like it’s life or death, that’s for sure.”
Syvret has been a warrior for the Phantoms this season, scoring 11 goals and 37 assists in 65 games. He is ranked second in the AHL in points for a defenseman. Syvret played 16 games with the Edmonton Oilers in 2006-07. He tallied just one assist during that time.
Syvret came to Philadelphia in a trade for center Ryan Potulny in early 2008. Seen as a project, the defenseman began to flurish in Philadelphia under the coaching of John Paddock. And for all his hard work and production, the Flyers are rewarding him with a shot. He will wear number 26.