Trade Looming in Philly

Clarke had a few comments for the Philly Inquirere today regarding future moves and big named players who may be available:
Philadelphia Inquirer – Jan 22, 2003

Flyers general manager Bob Clarke admitted yesterday that he has begun working the phone lines to upgrade the position of right wing now that Justin Williams will miss the remainder of the season.

“With both him and [John] LeClair out, we’re short a player,” Clarke said. “We might be fine rotating players, but we need to look for somebody.”

Clarke would like to use some of the 18 draft picks he has this summer in a deal to land a mid-range forward. Would he use his No. 1 pick he got from Phoenix?

“You’d trade that pick if a player you want is available,” Clarke replied. “We about have to use our picks because we don’t have anyone we can take off the roster.”

One problem facing the Flyers in a trade scenario is that because they are shorthanded, they are dealing from a weak position. For them, the best trade option would be to utilize the draft arsensal they have stockpiled (18 picks in 2003) and a lesser player or two off their current roster.

Two names that reportedly have been on the market recently, Buffalo’s Miroslav Satan and Pittsburgh’s Alexei Kovalev, are players unlikely to be dealt just for draft choices.

Unlike last year’s, the 2003 draft class is expected to be rich with solid prospects, and the Flyers have two first-round picks to trade.

“We almost have to [trade with picks],” Clarke said. “Because we don’t have anybody we can take off our team right now. And we’re not going to trade [defense prospects Joni Pitkanen or Jeff Woywitka].

“It doesn’t seem like very many teams have players they want to trade, unless they are trying to unload salary,” Clarke said. “We’ve talked to a few teams already to see. You’re not going to get a top six or seven forward; anybody who has them keeps their own.

“We’d all like to be good enough GMs to say we need another right winger and I’ll go out and get one. The player we’d be looking for, if teams have got one they don’t want to trade him, not for a draft pick. I’d like to be able to go out and get what we want. But every team in the league would like to do that.”

Asked about Miroslav Satan in Buffalo, Clarke said there was no indication that Satan was available. Phoenix is unhappy with $7 million-a-year Tony Amonte; the price for him would be high. Alexei Kovalev is available in Pittsburgh, but he is a one-way offensive player who won’t play defense, and the price would be high for his $4.6 million salary.
“We’re not interested in him,” Clarke said. “You’re not going to get a top six or seven forward.”
Clarke said the only top players available are those with big salaries that clubs are looking to dump.


Well, can we take Clarke at his word that he isn’t looking ot move anyone off of the roster??? In this case I think we can. The Flyers are truly short a player and, if they do make a trade that involves players rather than picks, they would ideally have to make a 1 for 2 deal so that they have more players coming in than going out.

I think the Flyers will look to move their picks in order to gain a solid 2nd or 3rd line forward. I don’t think that they are looking at Kovalev or Amonte. They are looking at players more in the range of Isbister – someone who can step into a responsible role with the team and who has proven NHL ability. If they wanted young players they have plenty in their own system. The only problem being – who can be had for draft picks. I wouldn’t even mind seeing a package of Primeau-donna, Recchi or Desjardone and a combination of draft picks sent out for a couple of solid players in return.

Of course, when dealing with Clarkie the only thing that we truly know is that we know nothing at all. It is going to be very interesting to see how Clarkie handles this one.

Confucious say “man who go to bed with itchy butt wake up with stinky finger!”

20 Responses to Trade Looming in Philly

  1. mikster says:

    He better not waste a 1st round pick on a 3rd/2nd line player.

    Obviously, GMs won’t tell you the truth in whom they are interested in. Let’s say Clarke had said I am interested in Kovalev….media would be on his ass 24 hours a day making up rumors.

    I think he will make a deal by the deadline and it will be Marchant. He is the kind of player Hitch wants for the playoffs.

  2. Glen says:

    Clarke is the king of blowing smoke up the media’s a$$es. He leads the fans to believe one thing and the does the complete opposite. It’s hard believing anything he has to say, so you can only sit back and wait.

  3. big_booty says:

    The Flyers don’t really need Marchant. He wouldn’t be an improvement, and would be stuck on the fourth line anyway, getting very little playing time.

    Clarke hates Russians, so believe him when he says that he doesn’t want a one-way player like Kovalev.

  4. big_booty says:

    I guess your finger must smell like shit on a daily basis, Matt.

    Where have you been?

  5. Leaf_Expert says:

    Don’t be surprised to see the Flyers aquire Robitaille….

  6. Freeze says:

    Interesting post….about the finger. Thank you for sharing that with us.

  7. big_booty says:

    The Flyers don’t need a washed-up winger.

    Four goals this season and one point in his last 14 games – yeah, that’s incentive for the Flyers to pick him up.

    Gods, your lack of common sense amazes me sometimes.

  8. aafiv says:

    I guess this is it. Utility winger known by the coaches. Went down this afternoon.

  9. TaajAr says:

    For The Last Time!!! Miroslav Satan is NOT BEING SHOPPED!

  10. Wings4life says:

    Go Wings!

  11. Rico71 says:

    Quite an acquisition…*lol*

    Way to go Clarkie! Come and take Audette for free from us in Montreal…he’s whining and not producing.

    Any takers at 3 million a year for 3 measly goals?


  12. Tradedude says:

    *corrected comment by Big_Booty”

    The Flyers don’t need ANOTHER washed up winger.

    …But…… I do agree with your last line. sad, but true…..oh no…..i am not considered a true leaf fan by Leaf_Expert. Shit, i shouldn’t have posted this…..holy shit! i am serious, leaf expert might not consider me a true leaf fan… o man, i gotta get outta here.

  13. BWbullies says:

    That is pretty much what Clarke said.

  14. OrangeBlack says:

    I could see Clarke parting with a first round pick and either Chris McAllister or Bruno St. Jacques for Brad Isbister. Ragnarsson is back in a week and they’ve moved another AHL player – Jim Vandermeer ahead of both these defensemen as the #7 guy. With Clarke and everyone else high on Pitkanen & Woywitka, why not trade one of these two guys who could helps the Isles Swiss Cheese D?

  15. lander45 says:

    Hello the Isles wouldn’t trade Isbister for a pick. Where do they find you people? Under rocks? The Islanders are looking for a scoring winger not a prospect. If we need a prospect we’ll go to Bridgeport. I bet your finger smells really bad!

  16. TC_4 says:

    Lowe will sign Marchant to a 2 year extension before he’s unrestricted anyways.

  17. matteo says:

    I have been around. Not alot of time to write lately. Work has been extremely busy and I have a new baby in the house. I am actually still very busy, but I am making an effort to write more in my spare time now.

    Did I tell you my name or did you just guess? Or did we discover that we knew eachother.

  18. matteo says:

    Who ever said that the could be had for a pick….I believe I said that Clarkes biggest problem is finding out who he could get for a pick and then I suggested a package with players and picks….

    Damn lawngilenders…….Is recchi a scoring winger?? Did I mention him…..SHADDDDDUPPPP

  19. Weidner says:

    I hope that he does not trade a 1st round pick for a 3rd or 4th line player. There are 1 or 2 of those on the first 2 lines already. It’s better to make the pick and possibly move that player a few years from now if the develop into a solid player. (Look at the Avalanche’s moves near the trade deadline the last few years).

    He could move a few defenseman before the deadline. Bruno St. Jacques, Chris McAllister, Eric Weinrich, or Marcus Ragnarson would be the likely candidates.

    Next year the defense will probably have Pitkanen, Vandemeer, Seidenberg, Johnsson, Desjardins, & Therien. Hitch likes Desjardins and would like to have him around to help bring along the other younger defenders. If this is the future why not let some of them start now. (Woywitka is probablya Phantom next year and a Flyer soon after that).

    Kovalev’s offense would be a nice addition, but his defensive play would be “offensive” to the coach. He wants someone who is willing and able to play two-way hockey. Alexi wouldn’t qualify under that stipulation.

    I don’t think you will see Satan, Amonte, Drury, or Jagar wearing the orange and black either as some sites have indicated. Clarke doesn’t want to pick up any more hefty contracts. (He has seen what that can do to your ability to move players. Examples – Recchi, Primeau, Roenick, LeClar).

    Of course after saying all of this – trying to think logically and comparing that to what Clarke will probably do is not a good idea. Logic is usually thrown out the window when the deals are actually made. Have to give him lots of credit for the Handzus deal. That is paying off well at this point.

  20. philly-schmoo says:

    why would clarke waste recchi, move brashear dsjardins and premeau, thos e three suck for us, recchi is a solid player, but then again, remember brind’amour ninniamaa forsberg, all awesome players that we lost for nobodys, so who knows we may lose gane also for another nobody

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