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Between injuries and turnover-related benchings, defenseman Michael Del Zotto has had a disappointing third season with the Flyers.
The Ontario native, an unrestricted free agent July 1, hopes to re-sign with the Flyers and mentor the young defensemen who are expected to be with the team next season.
Hextall said over the weekend in Pittsburgh, he would be inclined to sell. Tuesday’s 4-0 massacre of Colorado has to be taken with a large dose of reality (see story). The Avs are the worst team in the league.
Florida and Washington will offer considerably more of a challenge this week.
“We haven’t gotten results,” Hextall said last Friday. “We need to get results. It’s not about moral victories or playing good against Washington. That’s fine and dandy but not good enough. We have to win games.”
The Philadelphia Flyers wouldn’t mind moving defenceman Andy McDonald but with a cap hit of $5 million through the 2019-20 campaign that’s pretty much an impossible dream … As TSN’s Darren Dreger reported, Phoenix Coyotes GM John Chayka made an offer the Calgary Flames could refuse for defenceman Dougie Hamilton
The most likely Flyer to be moved today is Mark Streit
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) February 29, 2016
Hexy trying to deal several vets. https://t.co/4ijz9P3Tjj
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) February 24, 2016
Hextall says he is NOT looking to add at trade deadline. No rentals
— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) February 21, 2016
Based on the first 47 games, odds are that Hextall will be a seller at the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
Then again, they are only five points out of a playoff spot, so if they stay in the race, Hextall may try to upgrade the offense by adding a winger (Kyle Okposo? Andrew Ladd?) for the stretch run – or see if he can pry 20-year-old Jonathan Drouin from Tampa Bay.
If Hextall decides to be a seller, defensemen Mark Streit and Nick Schultz are among the players who could help a contender, and winger Matt Read might be attractive in the right fit.
Veteran defensemen usually cost a premium to playoff teams. Remember, Hextall last year got Chicago to deal two second-round draft picks for 39-year-old Kimmo Timonen, who had been sidelined all season by blood clots.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20160131_Flyers_at_the_break.html#2PtiOBGRXK2EZ6ZM.99
Dreger said he thinks Hextall will be relatively busy at the deadline but not sure to what extent. Said he thinks RH would like another D.
— Platinum Seat Ghosts (@3rdPeriodSuits) January 19, 2016
Now that he has about $4.1 million in salary-cap space and his team is in the playoff hunt, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is not ruling out adding a forward before the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
“If we can improve our team in any way without mortgaging the future, we’ll look at it,” Hextall said Thursday. “I mean, if young players can make us better, of course we’ll look at it.”
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Luke Schenn and forward Vincent Lecavalier for forward prospect Jordan Weal and a third round pick.
Another player trying to re-energize his career in the AHL is Sam Gagner, sent to Lehigh Valley. Not a surprise he cleared waivers, as no one wanted to take the full salary. Flyers GM Ron Hextall hinted there was a trade possibility. Gagner, who has not played an NHL game since Nov. 23, recognizes the need to get on the ice, no matter what the level. It might take time, but he’ll get a shot somewhere. Teams need scoring, and he can provide it.
the Lightning’s first overall pick from the 1998 draft remains hopeful for a move out of Philadelphia before his career is over.
“I still believe in what I can do,” Vincent Lecavalier, 35, said over the phone Tuesday.
Are the Flyers done in free agency?
Well, barring something involving Lecavalier or his defense, yes. Nothing really significant can happen the remainder of the summer without losing millions off the cap.