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2010 NHL Trade Deadline: Flyers making room for possible trade; Hamhuis, anyone?

Mar 1, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

All season long the Philadelphia Flyers have been involved in trade
rumors, from goaltender help to forward depth to even the need for a new
defenseman. Only one problem: they have had zero cap room.

the past few days the Flyers have made a series of moves to free up cap
room, waiving Riley Cote and Danny Syvret, while placing Ray Emery on
long-term injured reserve. They now have close to $2.7 million in space
to work with, so now the trade rumors actually have some legs.

first thought, especially with Emery on IR, is that the Flyers might
actually trade for a goaltender after months of speculation. Yet Travis
Hughes of Broad Street Hockey
tells me that unless it’s perhaps Tomas Vokoun, the Flyers look to be
set with Michael Leighton in goal.

also has their own list
of players under that $2.7 million cap:

Are you a fan of recklessly starting rumors?  Me too.  Here are a
list of players making $2.7 million or less and who will be UFA at the
end of the season:  Joe Corvo, Keith Tkachuk, Alex
, Lee Stempniak, Colby Armstrong, Dennis Seidenberg, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Marek Svatos, and Mark Recchi.

The general consensus was that the Flyers should acquire a forward,
but a couple defensemen have been named in connection to the Flyers –
mainly, Dan Hamhuis.

The Flyers made space for a trade. The Predators acquired a veteran
defenseman, so that they could trade Hamhuis. Could this be the perfect

  1. Jason Muscat - Mar 2, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Well sounds like Holmgren is trying to do something to better the team, in the area of a defenseman, this would be good, but I’m not convinced just yet, I mean look at there goaltending, sure its been great for the past couple of months or so, but are you willing to say, hey thats it? Leighten is a good goalie, but playoffs are totally different, I think teams will eat him up in the playoffs that’s if they make it. They definately need a goalie, then everything will fall into place come playoff time. If this means trade for a top 10 goalie in the league and not get the defenseman they need, then I think that’s what they should do. I know Holmgren will do his best to better Philly, but without sacrificing at least some top forwards, I can’t see that happen. Here are some players that can be moved, Hartnell, Cobourn, (Gagne if the deal is right)
    and Briere if the deal is right and if they can waive their no trade clause.

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