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Paging Iginla? Flyers reportedly eager to make big move

Feb 4, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Jarome Iginla AP

The Philadelphia Flyers are currently ranked last in the Atlantic Division and the team is known for making big moves. That formula leads many onlookers to believe that GM Paul Holmgren is itching to make a bold trade.’s Tim Panaccio thinks that Jarome Iginla could be Holmgren’s main target. Here’s what it could take to land the 35-year-old winger:

The Flyers can’t afford to mortgage their future, but they could part with a prospect they just sent back to junior in Scott Laughton.
That would likely get you Iginla.

Panaccio explains that, salary cap-wise, that hypothetical situation would require a drastic move like packaging Chris Pronger‘s deal in the trade.

While that report indicates Iginla could be swapped, the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch believes that the Calgary Flames icon is off the table. Instead, the Flyers might have to settle for Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle:

The only impact blueliner available is Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes, who wouldn’t mind shedding his $5.25 million salary. Because Yandle comes with a big price tag, Holmgren’s hands could be tied their as well.

In case you’re wondering, it doesn’t sound like Roberto Luongo is currently in play for the Flyers, but you never know what will happen with a franchise that clearly loves to make splashy moves.

Which moves seem realistic and which ones would help the Flyers dig themselves out of this early hole?

  1. dirkanger23 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    The Flyers are very high on Scott Laughton & I’d be shocked if they traded an 18 year old with tons of potential for a 35 year old winger approaching the end of his career.
    Also please give up with the Luongo rumors please. Never gonna happen.

  2. mclovinhockey - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Iginla giroux hartnell sounds nasty!! Or we can get like igunla giroux simmonds and have the Oreo line from mighty ducks haha… What a racist movie

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Sounds nasty? Sounds hilarious since the Flyers won’t be Cup contenders by adding another forward and failing to address everything else.

      Dear Flyers
      You could add Malkin and yas still wouldn’t be going anywhere

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        Seems to me the Pens have about as much defensive depth as the Flyers. Now Pittsburgh has more prospects, obviously, but not a gluttony of NHL-ready Dmen. On top of that, their Goaltending has been hit or miss. When (or if) the Flyers get healthy and collectively pull out of their slump (which will happen at some point) I’m positive they’re the last team the Pens wanna see come playoff time. You guys haven’t had to deal with any injury adversity this season, while the Flyers will be better and deeper for fighting through our issues. And if we can manage to pick up Iginla or Yandle we’ll be that much more dangerous.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      Racist how? How is a remark on someone’s skin color racist? There’s absolutely nothing indicating any sort of ethnic/racial superiority in there.

      • mclovinhockey - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        “Racism is usually defined as views, practices and actions reflecting the belief that humanity is divided into distinct biological groups called races”… a racist remark does not have to imply superiority, all it has to do is distinct that people are of a different race.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        I understand, but it still wasn’t a racist comment. Commenting on different skin color is exactly that: commenting on different skin color. It doesn’t imply anything racist, whether by your stated definition or more commonly assumed “racial” superiority.

  3. jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    dont think iginla would be worth laughton, read, couterier, or schenn. the smart thing for the flyers to do would be nothing. they have set themselves up for the future, they might just have to ride out the lows. you cant expect the same production out of those 3 super rookies from last year, there’s usually a drop off 2nd year but they will be 20 goal scorers again in coming years. flyers cant responsibly take on another veteran contract after the pronger thing and brygalov’s contract too. they have to get the best they can get from their youth while they can because in a couple years they are gonna want contracts too, better to pay them instead of owing another old man obligatory money for little or no production.

  4. hockeyfan28 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    The flyers aren’t trading for any “big name” player their going to let the current roster work itself out of this slump….despite some of Holmgren’s head scratching moves he knows every gm in the league knows that they have him up the creek with the current record the flyers have and a more likely scenario is Laviolette gets let go and a new coach gets to work with the current roster.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      I’d agree with most of that – the Flyers have a great roster, but it’s young. Very talented, but a lot of those players were given NO time to develop. If they can make it work, they’re going to have to let it mature. Matt Read is an excellent example of what happens when you let your propects mature…and there’s enough examples of what happens when you rush things on the roster that I really don’t need to go into that…

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

        Unbelievable insight from hockeywithdrawal on a Flyers page. You managed to produce a logical comment without throwing in a “Philthy” or “Cryers”. I’d hafta agree BSchenn and Couturier were thrown into the fire last season, while Voracek and Simmonds experienced the same thing in Columbus and LA, respectively. I’m not surprised at all they’ve come out struggling this season. Most of the young guys were expected to take another step forward without the safety net that players like Jagr, Hartnell, and Briere (healthy now) provided last season. Couturier moved up to 2nd line center, while Schenn, Voracek, and Simmonds all rotated on the top line. I believe they will all be successful it’s just gonna take more than 9 games to settle into their expanded roles. As much as we love big names in Philly I think the smartest move would be to hold onto everyone while they fight through the growing pains. With Goaltending looking like a non-issue (finally), this team will be dangerous when the collective slump ends.

  5. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Wait wait wait…’s Tim Panaccio thinks the Flyers can get Iginla for Laughton…AND package Pronger’s salary in the deal? Hahahaha…and no one else thinks that’s the most moronic thing they’ve ever heard?

    Not going to happen, anyway. Philly traded away it’s veterans for mostly unproven prospects. It’s not going well this year, but you can’t just reverse that and bring back in a veteran for ONE prospect. Won’t happen. A horrible call from’s Tim Panaccio.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      It’s guys like this why Philly sports fans are the bubble dwelling clueless buffoons that 90% of them are, they feed their listeners all the garbage they wanna hear and the Philly fan eats it up.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        If you knew ANYTHING about Philadelphia, instead of just feeding into your own stereotypical preconceived notions, you’d realize that 75% of Philly fans know Panaccio is a buffoon. His lack of hockey knowledge is confounding considering the amount of time he’s been on the job. NO ONE believes that Calgary would hand us Iginla for a prospect of Laughtons caliber. Granted Laughton’s stock has risen but he still just protects as a probable third liner, maybe a 20-goal 2nd liner. I was really surprised PHT picked this up bc when I read it on CSN I thought it was absurd. It would atleast take a couple high picks and probably another quality player/prospect (along with Laughton) to get a player of Iginla’s caliber. But you are completely wrong about Flyers fans as the majority of us believe Panaccio is a tool.

  6. rd714 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    @jpelle82: Iglina is a UFA after this season. What would trading for him have anything to do with future contracts for Couturier, Schenn, Read, Etc.? While I agree that moving a young piece (Laughton) for a 35 year old Iglina doesn’t make sense unless they planned on resigning him which in turn brings your previous point back into play. I would be more inclined to see them move Laughton in a package for Perry) and then re-up him long term or Bobby Ryan. They simply need to surround Giroux with goal scorers and a line of Hartnell-Giroux-Perry/Ryan for the next 6-7 years would be legit.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      they still owe bryz and pronger too is what i meant. they are getting 0 from pronger and bryz is not looking like the sure fire solution in net just yet. moving young talent for less than 40 games from iginla is just stupid…puts them in a bind at the end of the year like you said, they lose a cheap young guy and are faced with the same dilemma filling a role by either resigning iginla or fighting for another big money veteran like perry, getzlaf, or even morrow. they paid hartnell for some unknown reason when they couldve used him for trade bait – he isnt gonna live up to that extension IMO. i guess my real point is you gotta love the one youre with at some point, you cant have your hopes in making trades or fa signings every year to get you to the finals. ask ken holland about that

      • xflyersx - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Isn’t the sure fire one in net? 475 mins 2.40 GAA .920 Save Percentage seems pretty decent to me.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        i cant argue with .920, but he is still not top 10 in guys with more than 4 games – he is top ten in money though…for 5 losses and one division win so far.

      • xflyersx - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Because the forwards haven’t been scoring….

      • jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        keyword was yet…its 8 games in for him, they are getting their money’s worth with the playing time though

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      case in point
      this guys LOL “plan” is get more forwards, and it gets a ton of thumbsup from other clueless Philly fans.

      Ya just get some more goal scores and the next 6-7 years is totally legit, Nevermind D men to get the forwards the puck in good positions, or D men to play well in their own zone, nevermind inconsistent goaltending. Just get more of what you already have and ignore why you’re losing.

  7. broadstbully33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Everybody in Philly hate pinachio. The guy is A pure douche

  8. broadstbully33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    It’s is wiser to trade for yandle then make big moves this offseason as alot of quality players will be available. Just take this season for what it is and not send our youth and potentially high first round pick away.

  9. macjacmccoy - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    I dont want the Flyers to give up any of their young players. Its a half season if there is ever a time to just bite the bullet and just let the season play out, good or bad its now.

  10. broadstbully33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Don’t forget they will buy out briere 6.5 million contract and resign him to league min. Kimo will retire, but Giroux will get big money and we still have another buyout for pronger or bryz. We are in good shape for a big offseason. Just ride out the bad season and get a top 5 pick would be huge.

    • killerpgh - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Teams can’t resign a player they buy out.

    • killerpgh - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      And Pronger can’t be bought out until he is medically cleared.

    • bobhpine - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Waiving the white flag already?

      So sad for you.

    • rd714 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Briere will not be bought out at all. He’s got 2 years remaining on his deal @ 6.5 per. They would try to trade him and gain assets before buying him out. Pronger cannot be bought out due to players on LTIR not being able to be bought out. I wouldn’t mind a top 5 pick. Seth Jones is a franchise defenseman.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      none of what you say makes sense except timmonen retiring, and while thats great to save 6 million – you lose your best defenseman.

    • flyers22 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      are you nutzo the clown no way do they buy out briere ever doesnt matter how he does during the regular season his leadership and what he brings in the playoffs makes him worth every penny of his contract.

  11. csilojohnson - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Shouldve kept Jagr…

    • rd714 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      not at $4.5m that’s insane for a 40 year old winger with groin problems

  12. buffalomafia - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    You big dummies! You need a goalie! Just like Buffalo needs more scorers!

    • bowman20 - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Honestly, only part of the team that looks pretty decent right now is (am I really going to say this out loud) the goal tending. You can’t just look at the record to see it. Terrible defense, odd man breaks, tons of penalties and even breakaways are killing the Flyers. I’m not saying Bryz is playing like he was in Phoenix or that he’s the final answer to the goalie issue in Philly, but he’s the strongest part of their play so far.

  13. bobhpine - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Oh yeah piece of cake…

    Just buy out a bunch of contracts, force guys into retirement who really shouldn’t mind walking away from millions of dollars just to help out the Flyers cap situation, trade some crappy players no one has heard of for some really good players, lure a few free agents, re-sign Giroux, magically make Bryzgalov not horrible and BAM, you have yourself a champion!

    Laughable man.

    • itripledogdareyou - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      bobhpine – Exactly. I understand wishing/hoping/praying for the best as a fan but the scenarios above are just fantasy. Sucking it up for a bad 1/2 season isn’t going to magically make the current Flyers play better next year. They have a young core, but not much younger than the Penguins. I know its early but its fair to expect more from a team with this much talent. Relying on a big trade or aquisition in the future that will make all the stars align is what Islanders fans do…

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        I don’t think there are many legitimate Flyers fan who believe Iginla or Yandle are actual possibilities. I’m happy with the roster Holmgren has assembled. They have absolutely underachieved, but when you put so much faith in young players without expecting growing pains you’re fooling yourself. Most of the kids were expected to step up into expanded roles this season. But their struggles, combined with numerous injuries to key players, has caused this slump. At the end of the day it’s still only 9 games. There’s still more than 75% of the schedule to go. I truly believe they will turn it around and make the playoffs. And that’s without making a major move. Although I would argue your point that one move can’t turn a team around. During the last shortened season the Flyers struggled, much like this season, and decided to trade away Mark Recchi. In return they got John Leclair and Eric Desjardins and it turned around their entire season. They went to the conference finals that year. So one move can influence the performance of an entire team.

  14. broadstbully33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Bobhpine u sir are an idiot. Bryz has played really well. Limo said himself he was seriously thinking about retirement and his contract is up either way. Laughton has buzz around him already because of his solid play thru his 5 games. Briere wouldn’t leave Philly. And I never said anything about trading. Do you not know the diff between trading and free agency? My guess is you are a pens fan with limited knowledge of the game.

    • zetaone - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      After your post above about buying out Briere and Pronger, you have no room to be calling others idiots.

    • zetaone - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      And why wouldn’t Briere leave Philly? He left a president’s cup trophy team in the Sabres in 07 to sign for more money with Philly.

  15. unklepaulhargus - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Only trade that makes sense is Bobby Ryan.

  16. cameltoews - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Talk about fair weather fans. You guys are already saying the season is over? I know it not everyone but you guys posting here saying just ride out the rest of this horrible season are pathetic.

  17. dillpx183 - Feb 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    your first mistake was reading panaccios articles, the second taking him seriously, and third writing a blog article about his horrendous thoughts

  18. broadstbully33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    No he left buffalo because old ownership refused to pay him.

    • killerpgh - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      And yet somehow you think buying him out and offering him league minimum would not be taken the same way as refusing to pay him.

  19. broadstbully33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Not so much refusing as they couldn’t afford it my mistake. He and drury were basically allowed to walk.

  20. broadstbully33 - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I wasn’t the first to suggest a briere buyout several Philly sports writers have suggested it. I agree I could care less how he performs in regular season. There are few players who match his playoff performances.

  21. mclovinhockey - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    @hockeywithdrawl….. So you think Philly would need to add for a 35 year old rental player with an injury history? Lets see an 18 year old who has about 20 years left and is a great prospect for an over the hill player… Yeah no wonder Philly thinks the flames would add.

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