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My Hockey News column from yesterday on Martin St. Louis...

 

Ilya Bryzgalov is now a Flyer. For the next three weeks. Word is that he is looking for big money, and he is absolutely looking for term. I think he and his agent are tackling the situation boldly, considering what happened last summer. With teams signing goalies out of college and overseas, the market is flooded. If Bobrovsky, Karlsson and Gustavsson come over and land an NHL job, then who is left out to dry? Last year it was Theodore, Turco and Nabokov – one went to Europe, the other two saw massive pay cuts and were relegated to backup. IF Bryzgalov plays hardball here, be prepared for him to get hung out to dry in the summer. And if he does indeed sign a lowball salary, then that will reduce his starts.

 

However, if the Flyers do sign him, for – say - $5.5 million, then somebody has to go. As I was discussing on Twitter last night, Briere and Timonen would be ideal, but also impossible to move. Briere is too much money and a NMC. Timonen is far too old and his points have declined in each of the last five years. Coburn could move, but not enough money goes. So that leaves Jeff Carter. Yes, if Bryzgalov signs with Philadelphia then Carter will go. Where? Let the speculation begin. But take that chart I put up about Brad Richards Monday and that’s about the same thing with Carter. As soon as you see Bryzgalov sign, buy low on Carter.

 

As for goaltenders, it would then be Bryzgalov with Leighton as the backup and Bobrovsky getting precious starts in the AHL.

 

Meanwhile, I think Phoenix goes after Vokoun…

 

Winnipeg has/will hire Kevin Cheveldayoff, who was brilliant as a GM of the Chicago Wolves. They enjoyed great success under his management. I love it when teams sign new blood for GMs. Yzerman, Chiarelli, Shero, Gillis, stop me when I’ve named a failure, Howson (oops…but give him time)…

 

Tyler Seguin draws back in with the Horton injury.

 

Interesting – Carolina have added Dave Lewis and Rod Brind’Amour to their coaching staff. No fantasy impact, but that’s a pretty quality add.

 

Columbus has fired their amateur scouting “guru” and their pro scouting director. Their pipeline “looks” decent on paper, but we have yet to really see any prospects become stars. As I alluded to above regarding GM Scott Howson – give him time.

 

Daniel Alfredsson will undergo surgery Friday on his back. He’s looking at a month of rehab before getting back into his routine.

 

The Baby Sens have won the Calder Cup! Not bad, after missing the postseason the last five years. The MVP? Goaltender Robin Lehner. The future star of Ottawa, he’ll take over for Craig Anderson in about three years. Binghamton beat Houston four games to two.

 

Ryan Potulny won the AHL playoff scoring race with 26 points in 23 contests.

 

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JULES said:

itzjules
... hartnell no trade clause

carle no trade clause

coburn they will keep him, as timonen and pronger get old, they will count on him and meszaros to make up for them

briere no trade clause, but has said in the past he will waive for any team because he understands the situation of his contract, his caphit does go down considerably to his actual value after this year. still has been flyers leading playoff performer in the past few years though... which leads to

carter way more expendable, struggles to find and keep his role on the depth chart. talented but no versatile enough to stay consistent on a team like philly. hes 80-85 points on lesser teams. as soon as i saw he they resigned him i knew he would be traded in offseason. (my original hunch was to make way for leino, but still)

versteeg originally thought to be the icing on the cake, was lackluster and has developed some really bad habits that weren't there in his blackhawks days. 2nd probable candidate
June 08, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
Dobber Yes, definitely look into it and let us know if you find out conflicting info.

Still, looks as though Lucarelli and Goldman have found alternate sources in Philly saying the same thing, that he is waiver eligible.
June 08, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Curtis I'll have to look at this, but it is tied into when he signs his first pro contract, not just the games played. And there are other loopholes such as being sent to the AHL immediately in training camp vs. into the season, etc. I'm sure Frank looked into that, but I'd like to as well.
June 08, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Rusty It won't be a bad deal, believe me. Lots of demand for Carter, the Flyers will make off like bandits, completely replenishing their horrible pipeline and picks.
June 08, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
big Ev Garth Snow is one the best GM's in the league. You'll see. I can't believe you don't see his plan. Give it 18 more months, seriously.
June 08, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
Columbus personnel changes "Columbus has fired their amateur scouting “guru” and their pro scouting director. Their pipeline “looks” decent on paper, but we have yet to really see any prospects become stars."

I'll own up to the fact CBJ is one of the teams I am not entirely on top of...but I read that and think if what you say is true (and it does resonate for me) maybe their scouts are doing alright but their development program is crunk. Perhaps the wrong men lost their jobs here. Seen it before.
June 08, 2011
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PMain said:

PMac
Will the Canucks man up tonite? Or will the Sedins cower under the physical torment
supplied by the more CDN Bruins?

Should be a beautie.
June 08, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Failure: Garth Snow, possibly Nieuwendyk
June 08, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... The difference between last summer and this summer is that last year the Blackhawks won the Cup with a no-name goalie, beating the Flyers, who also had a no-name goalie, so EVERYONE suddenly thought they could do the same. Thus, teams short-changed the importance of the position. This year, either way, a Vezina-winning goalie is going to hoist the Cup so now all of a sudden goaltending is important again.
June 08, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
Bob Per Frank Seravalli of Philly Daily News, Bob would have to clear waivers to go to AHL as he has played at least 60 NHL games reg. season/playoffs combined.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/frequentflyers/Flyers-should-trade-Bobrovsky.html
June 08, 2011
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Rusty Pickles said:

Rusty Pickles
... briere 6.5 carter 5.27 hartnell 4.2 versteeg 3.08 carle 3.43 coburn 3.2


They are not forced into taking a bad deal to dump a particular player because they could just as easily create space with any of the above players or combination. Simply subtracting one or two of these players should afford plenty of cap room to sign bryz and round out the bottom 6 or D corps. I wouldn't be surprised if versteeg and one of carle or coburn were moved.
June 08, 2011
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David Goodburn said:

davidgoodburn
Which Flyer will go? Isn't Hartnell also a candidate to get dealt instead of Carter? Or do you see him being more valuable to the team than Carter is?
June 08, 2011
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mike hess said:

SharkMeat
Bryz Carter has been on the rumor list to go since about March if I remember right so some space is there. Bryz may be negotiating hard but it is his best chance to get to a cup. My bet is that he and his argent are smart enough to compromise and I have confidence in the Flyer management to compromise as well. $4.5 Mil with some kickers for the Cup or other performance....
June 08, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I would go with Seguin, as he responded well to a scratch last time.
June 08, 2011
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Pavel Nikiforovitch said:

Pasha
Game 4: Kelly or Seguin? I can only start one player at each position. At C, I have Kelly and Seguin. So far, I've been starting Kelly, but now Seguin has a chance to excel... Should I start Seguin or stick with Kelly? Categories are: G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPP, SHP, GWG. Thanks!
June 08, 2011
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notoriousjim said:

notoriousjim
... After the small amount that Halak was signed for, and the shirking of sighning vetrans last year (mostly nabby), why would Bryz think he would do much better. I think nabby is the best comp here since Turco and theodore were good goalies but never great. Nabby is/was better than Bryz but was on the market 5 years older than Bryz.

With the price of young goalies already signed, why are the goalies themselves not altering their requests. Yes guys like Lundy and Luongo are still worth being the highest paid players on their teams..... but if you are not getting a top 10 goalie then there are 50 other guys in the world good enough to compete. Philly proved it last year by signing 3 of those guys and just running with the hot hand. More teams are waking up and realizing that same thing. The goalie market for the elite will stay (that is why nabby really had me wondering since i would have placed him in the top 5 and being well above replacement level).

this is all a matter of the principals of SABr in baseball meeting hockey. the 2 best SABr stats in baseball (in my eyes) are VORP and win shares. VORP is based on your value over a replacement player. Most of these goalies in the league do not proform over their replacement levels. That 5 million for an average goalie is silly when there are guys inEurope and AHL that can deliver similar performances for a third of the cost. Guys with a high vorp will still demand lots of money, but the days of boarderline top 6 guys, 3rd pairing D, and mediocre goalies making more than a little over the minimum are gone.
June 08, 2011
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Jake said:

smack
Bryzgalov - KHL factor I think there's a good chance that a KHL team is offering 6+million a year (Nabokov got that last year) so that kind of scares me.

Saying that, I still think it's a great move for the Flyers just for the chance and if it doesn't work out, then they still have all free-agency to figure it out.
June 07, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
Rookie GM's You forgot Gillis. Not too bad.
June 07, 2011
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