Kolzig and Gonchar almost Flyers????

On 610 WIP this morning they were discussing the Flyers need for a goalie and it was said that “inside sources” in the Flyers organization stated that prior to the Markov deal the Flyers were “very close” to acquiring Kolzig and Gonchar and that Williams was part of that package that fell apart at the last minute.

The injury to Vandermeer may put the Flyers in the market for another defenseman according to Tim Panaccio of the Philly Inquirer. So, maybe this new injury may spur talks with the Caps to renew talks with Philadelphia. Gonchar would be a huge addition and Kolzig would be a welcome sight in the nets for Philly.

From Panaccio – “There also could be another deal coming. General manager Bob Clarke and assistant GM Paul Holmgren huddled together yesterday afternoon for quite a while, and it’s possible they were discussing options to bring another player into the fold.”

Spector’s Hockey reported today that the Caps owner Ted Leonisis has decided to “cut his losses” and actively look to unload some payroll – which would include Bondra, Jagr, Gonchar, and Kolzig.

Given the timing of those events I could see the Flyers renewing talks to acquire Gonchar and Kolzig. If a trade were to occur look for the names Gagne and Handzus to pop up. Although Handzus suffered a rib injury against the Habs the other night it doesn’t look to be too serious.

I think Clarkie has at least one or two more moves up his sleeve. Only time will tell with the toothless two-faced GM from Philly. Gotta love that Clarkie.