Report: Flyers, Canes Ready To Deal… Today?

According to, the Flyers would be shopping for a defensemen to replace injured Eric Desjardins.


According to Jim Rutherford himself, he expects to complete a deal as soon as today!

UPDATE: TSN reports that the Hurricanes have traded defensemen Danny Markov to the Flyers in exchange of forward Justin Williams(

VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) – With three of their defencemen sidelined with serious injuries, the Philadelphia Flyers acknowledge they are looking to make a trade.

Flyers general manager Bob Clarke said on Monday that he has been in contact with several teams to secure some blue-line help.

The team’s top defenceman, Eric Desjardins, suffered a broken arm in Saturday night’s game at Toronto and is expected to be out a minimum of eight weeks.

On Monday, the Flyers learned they will be without Marcus Ragnarsson due to a left shoulder injury he suffered in the Toronto game. He will miss about two weeks.

Previously, Dennis Seidenberg was lost for 12 weeks after his left leg was broken in a collision at practice.

“I would say we’re going to get somebody,” Clarke said. “We’ve talked to a lot of teams. There are a few guys around. Mostly what you’re looking at now is a stop-gap guy. No one has come out (and offered) a top-four guy yet. I don’t know if that will happen or not.”

The Flyers know it will be difficult to replace Desjardins, a former all-star.

“You don’t replace a guy like Desjardins,” Keith Primeau said. “He’s our minutes leader on the back end. He will be sorely missed.

“Everyone’s going to have to pick up the slack. The forwards are going to have to be strong as lines so our defencemen aren’t stuck on extended shifts.”

Clarke said he had contacted the agent of defenceman Dmitry Yushkevich, who played for the Flyers in two previous stints. But Yushkevich is playing hockey in Russia and it would be difficult for him to get out of his contract.

Also, the Flyers are expected to be without goaltender Jeff Hackett for Tuesday night’s game against Montreal. Hackett, who missed Monday’s practice, is suffering from an inner ear/sinus infection.

The Flyers called up two minor-leaguers – defencemen Jim Vandermeer and John Slaney – from the AHL Philadelphia Phantoms to serve as replacements for the Montreal game.



It appears that the Carolina Hurricanes are ready to make a move.

Team President and GM Jim Rutherford told The Team 1200 radio in Ottawa Tuesday morning that he expects to complete a trade today.

Rutherford told reporters on Monday that he would try to “salvage” the season and would like to change his “mix of forwards”.

The Toronto Star reported on Tuesday that Jeff O’Neill was on the verge of being dealt, and that the Maple Leafs were in the running.

The Hurricanes have scored an NHL low 86 goals in 46 games this season.


I think that Rutherford might go and try to trade O’neil right away now that he seems to be out of his slump. I don’t see why the Leafs would go for O’neill though. YOU GUYS NEED A SOLID D-MEN!!! Mogilny will be back soon and the Leafs will do just fine offensively. I’d like to see O’neill go to Vancouver… The Sharks could be the outside team in the running as well.



68 Responses to Report: Flyers, Canes Ready To Deal… Today?

  1. matteo says:

    I didn’t realize you were a stroke victim…..I will never doubt your spelling prowess again. May your cerebral cortex never know what your frontal lobe is doing.

  2. Flyers_01 says:

    I like this trade for both teams. The Flyers got what they needed on defense and Carolina got someone for the future.

    Williams may or may not get better than he is now. Carolina is now the one taking that risk while the Flyers got what they feel they needed to win the cup now.

    Clarke’s taking a chance .. so is Rutherford. It could work out for both of them.

    I hope this mean’s Sharp is up with the big team for good. He’s a decent player in his own right.

  3. G_Money says:

    Great deal by the Canes- well done, to Clarke, well I am not as positive.

    P.S- I love the new logo


  4. chanman says:

    I think carolina got the better of the deal. Willams has so much potential. A good D-man will help philly ,

    but unless you-know-who brings in a #1 You-know-what, The flyers arnt a cup team.

    Stupid Gm.

  5. CechmanekForVezina says:

    I’d go with Somik, who’s been known to make good plays, or pull down recchi, cause he’s not doing shit anymore with Roenick and Amonte

  6. CechmanekForVezina says:

    I really like Sharp, (not just for the 32 LOLMYUSERNAME) but I think they’re trying to develop him at center. I anticipate they’re getting rid of Handzus or Lapointe if they go for a goalie, so keep Sharp at center. It would be nice to see what he could do on wings.

  7. CechmanekForVezina says:

    It’s not the argument that Markov is better that Williams, it’s just that he should have traded someone else. It was said best earlier, the trigger shouldn’t have been pulled so early, maybe they could have traded someone else.

  8. CechmanekForVezina says:

    I don’t get why teams are called “chokers” just because they lose in the playoffs. Not everyone can win all the time. I mean the Flyers played the toughest series in a while, 9 and a half games in all, against one of their toughest rivals Toronto, and then lose to the team with the best record last year, and with a brand new coach and new system. I wouldn’t call that choking, just a dissapointment.

  9. CechmanekForVezina says:

    Just because a goalie is unproven doesn’t mean he’ll lose every damn game. I’m tired of these superstar goalies like Roy and Hasek and such spoiling people’s ideas of a good goalie. You know, there was a time when Roy and Brodeur had not won a Stanley Cup. Sounds crazy doesn’t it?

  10. FlyersFanJS says:

    Bob Clarke definately needs to be fired BAD!!!! What a pathetic move that will once again take away good young talent from the Flyers. Bob Clarke is a JACKASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. FlyersFanJS says:

    dude, first of all, your spelling isn’t even close, and second, Comrie is much better than Williams, I think Justin Williams is a good young player, but Comrie is leaps and bounds better

  12. FlyersFanJS says:

    thank you for stating what i’ve been saying for two years now…Gagne was a fluke and needs to go, especially him before Williams

  13. rojoke says:

    I hate this deal. At least I did when I heard it. Then I read the response to it. And I still hate it. But I’m not sure why.

    I had the opportunity to watch a lot of Danny Markov in the AHL, and this guy is a Ken Hitchcock-type of blueliner. He’s got a mean streak, he LOVES the physical game, and he’s pretty damn good at both ends of the ice. He’s got a heavy shot, and can start or join a rush, yet still recover quickly in transition. I was a little surprised that Carolina let him go this early, as they probably could have got a little more at the deadline, if they could have started a bidding war.

    And it looks like Vandemeer is out now with a separated shoulder. That could be anywhere from two to six weeks.

    Speaking of Yushkevich, he would have to clear waivers if he signed with the Flyers. And it’s pretty safe to assume that just about any Eastern team in the playoff hunt would claim him, in some cases just to keep him from playing for the Flyers.

  14. Leafs88 says:

    Let me tell you one thing, and I’m sure no will disagree. Bob Clarke is high! Oh I fogot, all of you guys know. What is he doing?? Trading the future cornerstone of this franchise for a guy who might walk away at the end of the season. I’m almost 99% sure Markov will go play in Russia if there’s no hockey next season. This news is great to me as I’m a Leaf fan, but I feel the pain of the Flyer’s fans. You guys will go nowhere with Hacket in net. One last thing: Williams was the biggest advantage the Flyers had over the Maple Leafs last year. He played extremelly well when he was inserted into the lineup. He created so much chances for the others.

  15. Leafs88 says:

    Some things never change, eh?! We can officialy say Bob Clarke is a thing, right. Well, you can’t be sure, can you? If he is not a thing, what is he then?? He is not a human, that’s for sure!

  16. big_booty says:

    I have to say that I was a little taken aback by this trade at first, but having digested it a little bit more it makes sense.

    For all of you Clarke-bashers, please realize that this deal HAD to be made.

    Williams, while young and talented, possessed poor skating skills and was projected to be a goal-scoring machine due to his moderate amount of success early in his career. He has not shown any signs of doing so, except for the occasional stellar game every 10-15 contests. While he garnered praise from the coaching staff early on this season, his play had seriously dropped off. He hasn’t scored a goal in over 25 games. He’s been nearly invisible.

    Markov, while 5 years older, is a veteran top-four defender who makes good passes out of the zone and plays with an edge. I myself have said that he can be mistake prone in his own end, and that is something that will be addressed by the coaching staff.

    You don’t just lose more than half of your blueline corps and sit idly by while the rest of the league does its best Monty Hall impersonation. With the most recent injury to Jimmy Vandermeer (shoulder separation), Philadelphia has lost 4 defenders in the past 5 days.

    Good GM’s go out and fix that by getting another defenseman. Good teams are deep enough so that they can give up a roster player to do so.

    Both teams got what they wanted. Good deal.

  17. matteo says:

    If Williams was the future cornerstone of the franchise then they have more problems than you think. This team isn’t being built arounds forwards. Hitchcock is starting to build it around defense. We have a solid and young defensemen ready to go (if they werent hurt) and an aging group of forwards for the most part. This team is being built like the NJ devils. From the back out. The only glaring flaw is the lack of a goalie. Pitkanen is the cornerstone, and Johnsson, Vandermeer, Seidenberg are a great young supporting cast.

    Markov adds a physical edge and is only 27. This is a great defensive mix.

    The only thing they really need is a goalie right now. And maybe to unload LeClair and his 900 thousand million trillion dollar contract. That would free up room to get more younger players. But nobody is taking on that contract with the CBA coming up….but a guy can dream.

    How about LeClair and Therien for Kovalchuck and Savard. I think that is an outstanding deal, although the Thrashers may have to throw in a 1st rounder and a case of XXX.

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