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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After leaving Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks with a concerning lower body injury, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen is expected to practice with the team today in Los Angeles, according to Sam Carchidi. And if all goes well, Timonen will be available when the Flyers take on the Kings, Thursday at the Staples Center.
UPDATE: Timonen is now being held out of practice as a precaution, but is expected to be available on Thursday.
For insurance purposes, the Flyers have recalled 22-year-old Adirondack Phantoms defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who has four goals and 22 assists in 33 games for the struggling Phantoms.
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The road has suddenly gotten dark for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Midway through a 6-2 embarrassment at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday at Rogers Arena, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen left the contest with what is being called a lower body injury.
The severity of the injury has not yet been disclosed. However, the it’s enough to have the Flyers contemplating recalling rear guards Danny Syvret or Erik Gustafsson from the Adirondack Phantoms.
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.
According to TSN, the Flyers have signed veteran defenseman Sean O’Donnell to a one year deal, $1 million deal.
Randy Jones’ cap hit haunted the Flyers for two years, now half of it will haunt them the rest of the 2009-10 season.
Jones, 28, did not clear waivers as expected on Thursday. He was picked up by Los Angeles for $1.37 million to solidify their defense corp. This gaff puts the Flyers on the hook for the same amount, which becomes dead space against their cap.
On Monday, the oft erroneous rumor monger, “Eklund,” reported that the Flyers were trying to work a deal with the Los Angeles Kings, that would send forward Danny Briere and the Flyers’ 21st overall selection in the 2009 NHL entry draft to the Kings, in exchange for the 5th overall pick. And while Philadelphia buzzed with the prospect, many people still pondered LA’s logic in taking on $6.5 million a year worth of damaged goods in place of a key cog of the future. But one media source put to sleep the mangy rumor.
The Montreal Gazette called bravo sierra on the paper thin rumored deal, stating “The folks in Philly have talked to the Canadiens and the Los Angeles Kings, but neither team was interested (in Briere). There also is a report that they have talked to the Phoenix Coyotes..”
This statement proves the Flyers do not have a master plan involving Briere, heading into the June 26-27 draft. They just want to dump his salary. With the uprising of Claude Giroux and his steady two-way play, Briere’s services as the goal-line feeder on the power play, as well as one-dimensional even strength ability is not needed.
There is likely to be more rumors involving Briere as the draft inches closer, simply because the Flyers who will talk to whomever will listen.