Something Big Comin' Up in Philly…. + Other News

(Source: Les Amateurs De Sports, AM 550)

According to ”Les Amateurs De Sports”, Bobby Clarke is planning something really big that might take place as soon as in the next few days…

They’ve been told from an inside source that before entering the last 7-game road trip, the team trainer has been asked to bring with him as much as 10 to 12 blank Flyers shirts in case one or more deals happens.

The players involved would be Philly captain Keith Primeau and veteran D-man Éric Desjardins who is set, if I’m not mistaken, to become a UFA after the season’s end.

Other names involved in the talks, the names ”ALL” other teams are after are Justin Williams and Simon Gagné. The Flyers are apparently not interrested in adding those two players in any trade.

Other News/Rumors from around the NHL…

** In Boston, the Bruins are apparently so unhappy with their goaltending tandem that they are showing some interest in Carolina’s goalie Arturs Irbe (Satellite Hotstove, CBC) **

** Another rumor, still with the Bruins, is that Boston would be in the talks with the Phoenix Coyotes to land goaltender Sean Burke. The only name involved in the deal right now would be, you guessed it right, Kyle McLaren. (”Les Amateurs De Sports” AM 550) **

My opinion: Now that Boston’s goalies (Shields, Grahame) showed some major signs of inconsistancy, don’t be surprised if The Bruins decide to put an end to the Kyle Mclaren saga. What GM O’Connell wants in return of the D-men: a top-6 forward, a ”Mclaren Type” defensemen, or a great goalie.

** Oates wants out of the Pond **

After being unhappy with Boston, Washington and more recently with Philadelphia, Adam Oates would apparently be looking for another team change. After he’s been the first FA to sign with a team last summer, Oates only played 24 games with the Quacks and to this date, has a 1G – 13A – 14PTS total. He has fractured his hand and came back to the lineup not long ago. (”Les Amateurs De Sports” AM 550)

** Other Anaheim news, J-S Giguère who’s been the man that kept the team in the race for a playoff spot so far (recording a team record-3 consecutive shutouts recently) has been out last game because of a neck injury. For those wondering when he’ll be back and what exactly is the injury, here’s the quote of the day coming from Anaheim coach Mike Babc.ock: “He’s not dead and he’s not playing, so he is somewhere in between” (ESPN) **

** Interesting fact: While they’ve spend tons and tons of money on Free Agents each year without having any success so far, the New York Rangers staff have somehow not realize that something is missing around them… A Goalie Coach! **

While every other teams in the NHL has one, the Rangers seems to think a 19 year-old guy named Dan Blackburn who is supposed to be their future in net doesen’t need a goaltender coach. I don’t know but it just seems wrong to me. Now Mikster, can you explain it to me please?

Thanx alot for your time!

Marco