Like it or hate it, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren wants Jeff Carter in Orange and Black for years to come.
In a report by CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Pannacio, Holmgren and Carter’s agent, Rick Curran, have been in productive discussions to extend the 25-year-old upcoming restricted free agent.
“We’re moving forward and I believe we’re making progress,” Curran said. “But that’s as far as I’ll go.”
Although opening day of training camp is still roughly a month away, that doesn’t stop the Flyers’ front office from building the framework of the forward lines.
According to CSNPhilly.com, the Flyers are planning to start training camp with Mike Richards centering Claude Giroux and Dan Carcillo. This might come as a minor surprise considering that Giroux proved late last season that he flourishes at the center position.
However, Giroux will be replaced as a pivot by Jeff Carter, who will be between Ukrainian sniper Nikolai Zherdev and sophomore James vanRiemsdyk.
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.
With the memorable 2009-10 season complete with the Stanley Cup still not in Philadelphia, attention is now immediately turned to next year’s Flyers team and what, if anything, will change with regards to personnel.
During the “clean-out” day on Friday morning, Philly general manager Paul Holmgren made one thing clear — whether minor or major, change is coming.
Philadelphia Inquirer writer Sam Carchidi reported from the media day that Holmgren said it was “Highly unlikely” that this Flyers team stays intact moving into next season. That brings up the question of who is on the outs and who might come in?
The whispers of the re-worked Flyers lineup have finally been confirmed — forward Dan Carcillo will enter the lineup for James Van Riemsdyk and defenseman Oskars Bartulis will play for Ryan Parent. Michael Leighton will start in goal.
“You battle all year with these guys and you want to be in at this time of year,”Carcillo told the media on Monday. “It was hard sitting out those three games. I’ve got a lot of pent-up energy you’ll probably see released tonight.”
It has been confirmed that Chicago forward Andrew Ladd will miss game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals due to an upper body injury suffered at the end of the Wester Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks.
“Laddy is not playing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told the media. “We do expect him to play (in the series). He’s progressing well but Kopy (Tomas Kopecky) is in tonight.”
One of the fondest memories of Ben Eager’s career came in 2004-05, when he, side-by-side with Flyers Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Riley Cote and now Chicago Blackhawk teammate Patrick Sharp, brought the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup home to Philadelphia.
But now, as members of the Blackhawks ready to face a few of their old comrades in the Stanley Cup finals, both Eager and Sharp will have to put friendships and the past behind him and start preparing for war.
After much speculation from the media and denial from general manager Paul Holmgren, it is official: Flyers forwards Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter will both be activated for the Eastern Conference Finals game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens today at the Bell Center. The Flyers lead the series 2-1.
As reported by Habsinsideout.com, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Ryan O’Byrne has been inserted into the line up for game 3 tonight at the Bell Center.
O’Byrne, 25, enters the active roster with the mission of using his 6-foot-6, 230 lbs. frame to counter the Flyers’ crease presence, especially on the power play, which has been responsible for most of Philadelphia’s nine goals in the series.
“I think I can add a lot to this series and I’m going take advantage of this opportunity and run with it,” O’Byrne told the media.
According to CSNPhilly.com’s John Boruk, Flyers’ center Jeff Carter is “hoping” to resume skating on Monday. If so, he is expected to be questionable for game 2 on Tuesday and a game-time decision for game 3 on Thursday. The report is unconfirmed by the team and is being denied.