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Trade: Jackets gets minor-leaguer Ford from Flyers for futures

Mar 12, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

Matt Ford

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Matthew Ford in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for future considerations.

Prior to the trade, Ford had 13 points in 35 games for AHL Adirondack. The 28-year-old will report to the Blue Jackets’ farm team in Springfield.

Whether this deal is a precursor to something bigger for Philly, we’ll have to wait and see. (A team can only have 50 players under contract.) Given his team’s struggles, it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise if Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren made a move of significance.

On the other hand, sometimes a minor-league trade is just a minor-league trade.

  1. esracerx46 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    So is Columbus up against the 50 SPC maximum? Kind of confused as to why that was part of the article

    • Mike Halford - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Philly (post has been updated to reflect that.) This actually happened not too long ago when Calgary traded for Brian McGrattan rather than claiming him off waivers. They needed a spare contract space to make the offer sheet for Ryan O’Reilly, so they had to flip 1-for-1 with McGrattan, rather than just bring him aboard.

  2. rushledger - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    If the flyers are just gonna give him away why not? Future considerations are a joke, I think Boston is still waiting for there considerations for Marco Sturm from LA.

  3. buckeye044 - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Jarome Iginla to Flyers, maybe?

    • valoisvipers - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      I don’t think so buckeye044, as it doesn’t look like the Flyers are going to the dance this year so giving up assets wouldn’t make sense and next year with the cap reduction they would be hard pressed to resign him. He would make a great Flyer and the fans there would love him but the timing is just not right.

    • President Charles Logan - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      another washed up has been!

  4. chrisvegas - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    If the Flyers want to make one move going forward that will help them they need to trade for Bernier from LA. Bryz is garbage and his contract must be bought out or they will be stuck with him for the next 8 years.

  5. dutchman1350 - Mar 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Probably just a case to help Springfield. CBJ need to getting a winning attitude in the organIzation. Many guys were pulled up due to injuries.

  6. President Charles Logan - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Off topic here but how on earth does Peter Laviolette still have his job coaching this team?

  7. jimw81 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    this is prelude to a bigger deal because Gustafsson was sent down to phantoms as well. i guess flyers want to 1up the eagles…..

    • jimw81 - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Briere, Coots, Gustafsson are off the untouchable list. I heard things didn’t go so well with Lavy, Holmgren at Season tickets Sth event last night.

      • ml3939 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:42 AM

        And how do you know Couturier is “off the untouchable list?”

  8. hockeyfan28 - Mar 12, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Brian Campbell to Philly wouldn’t surprise me at all

    • jimw81 - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      anything is possible at this point. Everything points at home and home with the devils what the flyers will do. funny part is the players are trying so hard to get lavy fired but he has full support of holmgren.

      • hockeyfan28 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        I think your right if Holmgren where to fire Lavy he would all but be saying he made a mistake taking
        Lavys side in his feud with Mike Richards but it makes a lot of sense the Panthers are looking to move
        and house clean again and the Flyers desperately need a defenseman to take minutes off timmonen who is starting to show his age out there

  9. Anthony Maiorana - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Reblogged this on Evening the Score.

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