Report: Flyers, Canes Ready To Deal… Today?

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

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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(TSN.ca)

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.

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(TSN.ca)

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.

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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.

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