UPDATED: Flyers rumors
Update: The rumors surrounding the Orange and Black are between the lines in the newspapers, and Spector has posted some comments regarding the situation.
On the Flyers and the cap – it appears that Philadelphia is about one million over the cap. Those numbers include 7 defenseman. So if you put Derian Hatcher on the LTIR for the first half of the season due to his degenerative knee condition, his $3.5 million hit becomes $1.75 million. Problem solved.
I am not saying that the Flyers won’t make a trade. But freeing themselves from the potential of exceeding the cap alleviates the pressure to trade now. And that saves the Flyers from negotiation from a position of weakness.
As for Brendan Shanahan: Explain to me why the Flyers would need Shanny. They have a veteran, fourth-line guy in Glen Metropolit. Should Holmgren require a second vet, Jim Dowd would be an affordable and adequate option, especially given his faceoff-winning talents. The only benefit to Shanahan is his power-play prowess – and the Flyers power play was not the struggle last season. It simply doesn’t make sense at this point in time.
Eklund just posted a blog citing a source that says the Flyers are talking with a Central Division team about swapping a roster forward for a puck moving defenseman.
The obvious puck movers in the Central Division come from Chicago – Brent Seabrook and Dustin Bfyuglien. But I doubt even offering up Scottie Upshall (the likely tradebait here) would satisfy the Hawks management in such a trade.
My guess: Ville Koistinen from Nashville in exchange for Scottie Upshall, possibly some picks/prospects involved on both sides. The Koistinen-to-Philly rumors have swirled all summer. Koistinen may not be ready for the top pairing, but he’s young with tons of potential. He’d fit in nicely with a young, up-and-coming team poised for a successful year. Combined with the strong trading history between Nashville GM David Poile and Paul Holmgren (see Forsberg for Upshall and Parent, draft picks for Timonen and Hartnell), this is a plausible swap.