Clarke to make one more move?
Spector’s Hockey lists a report, from the Ottawa Sun, that the Flyers may be one of three teams expressing interest in Washington Center Robert Lang. The other teams mentioned were the Islanders and Red Wings. My thought is Clarke may pull the trigger on one more deal, prior to the March 9 deadline, based solely on the injury reports regarding Captain Keith Primeau. The two way center is still suffering and may miss another 3 weeks, not to mention the status of JR, who will likely miss at least the remainder of the season.
Lang is a real possibility, due to the long standing relationship Clarke seems to have with McPhee- several deals have been made in prior years, most notably the Oates deal. His high salary makes many teams shy away, leaving only a handful of teams that could realistically swing a deal. Additionally, the return figures to be substantially lower than that of Gonchar, as Lang is being dangled based on salary alone……
As for the other teams involved, The Isles are more focused on a D-man, while speculation says Detroit has switched focus to Kovalev….
Lang could help down the stretch, but my thought is that IF Clarke makes a move, he may opt for a cheaper solution, such as a Peter Nedved or Michael Nylander (both of whom are rumored to be available by the deadline).