Flyers shopping for Goalie and/or scorer?

Flyers to acquire scorer?

Hackett to don orange & black?Clarke looking for a scorer:

(http://www.thefourthperiod.com/rumors.html):

(Jan. 2nd) According to published reports, Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke was working the phone lines over New Year’s Eve to make some kind of deal to get a scorer in Philly. “We’re talking to a lot of teams right now,” Clarke said. “But there is nothing there right now.”

(http://nhl.com/columns/wigge/shopping123102.html):

The biggest of those rumors are whispers we’ve heard of big-time interest by the Philadelphia Flyers in Washington Capitals’ star winger Jaromir Jagr — with Simon Gagne being the lead Philadelphia player in a package for Jagr.

My two cents:

I’m not surprised by the fact that Bobby Clarke is looking for a scorer. The Flyers need SOMETHING to help out the PP. What does shock me is the thought of Jagr being that scorer, not to mention Gagne being the guy that’s moved for him. For starters, Jagr would be a horrible fit in a defense first system. Couple that with his outrageous price tag and his attitude, and I find it hard to believe that Jagr is on his way to Philly. Some of the other potential UFA’s (Whitney, Berezin, McEachern, etc.) are more believable, with Arvedson (a solid defensive player) being the best fit for the system. Whoever it is, Clarke has made it perfectly clear that Gagne isn’t being moved, despite his scoring struggles.

(http://espn.go.com/nhl/columns/morganti_al/1485037.html):

The Philadelphia Flyers make a quick change of plans and acquire Jeff Hackett from the Canadiens as their playoff goalie.

My two cents:

Hackett has outplayed Theodore all year in Montreal, so I don’t see Montreal trading Hackett. Cechmanek’s 3-7 playoff record (http://flyershistory.com/cgi-bin/player.plx) is alarming, and is a reason why bringing in another goalie isn’t out of the question. The problem with this that with the success of Robert Esche, any goalie brought in here would mean Cechmanek is gone. And Hitchcock has said since coming to Philly that Cechmanek was his guy, so I really don’t see another goalie coming to Philly.


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