Flyers Looking for Blueline Depth
“Tim Panaccio reports the Flyers want to add another veteran defenceman to their blueline. Potential acquistions include the Kings Mathieu Schneider or Dmitry Yushkevich, the Sabres Alexei Zhitnik or the Coyotes Teppo Numinnen, with “lesser options” being the Sharks Bryan Marchment or the Flames Bob Boughner. The NHL would have to ok a trade of Zhitnik, as the league is running the club while it searches for a buyer. Panaccio notes the Flyers have the Coyotes first round pick this year and they might want it back after their disapointing season. Also both clubs have made deals with each other in the past. Coyotes GM Mike Barnett said he won’t trade Numminen, but Panaccio believes that could be a bluff to raise the asking price.
Chuck Gormley reports the Flyers could ship defenceman Marcus Ragnarsson, an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, to the LA Kings, along with a first round pick, to obtain Schneider. He also claims the Flyers could go after Zhitnik and Chicago’s Phil Housley. The only way this could happen if the Flyers are interested in acquiring another defensemen some where else.”