Bobby's not done?

Flyers Notes | More moves likely are in the making

By Tim Panaccio

Inquirer Staff Writer

The sense around the Flyers yesterday afternoon was that another deal is coming. Maybe not right away, but coming.

General manager Bob Clarke continued to say that he’s open to talk, and that Simon Gagne, Justin Williams, Eric Chouinard, and some of the other younger impact players are not available.

One source close to the situation said the Flyers would like to strengthen their defense and are looking at Buffalo’s Alexei Zhitnik and former Flyer Dmitry Yushkevich, who plays for the Los Angeles Kings.

Up front, they have general interest in Los Angeles’ Ziggy Palffy, San Jose’s Owen Nolan and Buffalo’s Miroslav Satan.

Yushkevich and Zhitnik could help on the power play, as could Palffy and Satan. Buffalo, however, can’t make any deals until the NHL lifts its trade embargo since the league is running the team. No one knows when that will happen.

“None of these guys are going to get moved yet, because it’s too early,” the source said. “There’s more interest with the Flyers on the back end.”

The NHL trade deadline is March 11.

Yushkevich has just one goal and is minus-16. He has no power-play goals. Zhitnik also has one goal, and is minus-1 and without a power-play goal. Satan has eight power-play goals and Palffy has seven. The Kings are trying to move Palffy and Yushkevich.

San Jose is open to move Nolan, who has 18 goals, six on the power play.

Somewhere down the line, one or two of these players could end up being a Flyer.

“If we are able to get somebody to help us without messing up our future, we’ll certainly do that,” Clarke said on Friday.

Be prepared.