Archive: June, 2010
With a little less than 24 hours until he would have hit the open market, the Flyers locked up goaltender Michael Leighton to a two-year contract extension.
The deal was first reported by Rogers SportsNet in Canada.
Leighton, 29, will earn $1.5 million this season and $1.6 million next season. His cap hit will be split down the middle between both years at $1.55 million per season.
The Flyers will hold their prospect camp from July 5 to 12 at their practice facility in Voorhees, N.J.
The team said that 35 players will participate -- 18 forwards, 11 defensemen and six goaltenders. Many of the team's 2010 draft picks will participate.
Part of the camp will include the "Trial on the Isle" on July 8, in which the players will participate in a triathlon in Stone Harbor, N.J. The competition will include cycling, kayaking and running.
LOS ANGELES -- After the names of all 210 prospects were called at the Staples Center in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Flyers still had one move left to make.
According to a source, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was given permission to negotiate a deal with San Jose's soon-to-be free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.
Holmgren had an initial discussion with Nabokov's agent, Don Meehan, of Newport Sports Group, on Friday evening during the first round of the draft.
LOS ANGELES – What started as an extremely quiet NHL Draft on Friday night for the Flyers pretty much ended the same way on Saturday.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren met with a few general managers at the start of Day 2's Rounds 2-7, including Sharks GM Doug Wilson, and worked the phone a few times. Ultimately, Holmgren did not pull the trigger on any deals that will impact the 2010-11 Flyers roster.
On Day 2, the Flyers made just a small deal in the 7th round to send the rights of forward Jon Matsumoto, an unrestricted free agent, to Carolina for a 7th round pick.
In all, the Flyers packed up and left the West Coast with six new prospects in their organization. Here's a recap of the day's happenings:
LOS ANGELES – There are two ways to look at the Flyers’ crazy trade after the first round of the NHL Entry Draft at the Staples Center.
The Flyers sent the rights to Dan Hamhuis, whom they acquired from Nashville last Saturday in exchange for Ryan Parent, to their arch-rival Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a third round pick in next year’s draft.
The pessimist would say the Flyers just made the Penguins, a team that has been a roadblock almost since Sidney Crosby arrived after the lockout in 2005, an even tougher team to play against.
LOS ANGELES - With the NHL's Entry Draft set to begin tomorrow night with Round 1 here at the Staples Center, we have a few quick news hits for you today:
* Former Flyers head coach John Stevens, who was relieved of his duties on Dec. 4, 2009 to make way for Peter Laviolette, has officially landed as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings, the Los Angeles Times reported. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi needed to first ask the Flyers for permission, since Stevens had a contract that ran through the 2011-12 season. He will be on the bench with another former Flyers head coach, Terry Murray, who guided the Kings to the playoffs last year.
* Also, former Flyers head coach Craig Ramsay - who was the Flyers top dog in 2000-01 - was hired to be the next Atlanta Thrashers head coach. Ramsay, 59, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with Boston. This is his second NHL head coaching gig.
The Flyers will open the season Oct. 7 at Pittsburgh, as the league announced before the Stanley Cup finals. This will be the first game in the Penguins' new Consol Energy Center.
Two nights later, the Flyers are in St. Louis for the Blues' home opener on Oct. 9.
The Flyers' home opener at the Wachovia Center is Oct. 11 against Colorado, when the Eastern Conference championship banner will be raised. It will be the first banner raising since 2004. That opens a five-game homestand that also includes a visit from the Penguins. That is the longest homestand of the season.
The Flyers have traded defenseman Ryan Parent back to the Nashville Predators in exchange for the rights to defenseman Dan Hamhuis and a conditional draft pick in 2011.
Hamhuis can be a free agent July 1, meaning the Flyers now have exclusive negotiating rights with him until them.
“Obviously, our intention is to get him signed prior to that date and that is what our aim is at this point in time,” added general manager Paul Holmgren said. “The sooner that we get going on trying to get this done, the better.”