Saturday, February 13, 2016

Flyers sign Jagr, Talbot; deal Versteeg

Didn't the Flyers say they wanted to get younger?

Flyers sign Jagr, Talbot; deal Versteeg

The Flyers signed two former Penguins in Maxime Talbot (left) and Jaromir Jagr. (AP Photos)
The Flyers signed two former Penguins in Maxime Talbot (left) and Jaromir Jagr. (AP Photos)

  Didn't the Flyers say they wanted to get younger?

  On Friday, they signed 39-year-old winger Jaromir Jagr, the five-time NHL scoring champion who played the last three seasons in Russia.

  The Penguins and Red Wings dropped out of the bidding earlier in the day.

   Jagr signed a one-year deal for $3.3 million _ reportedly $1.3 million more than Pittsburgh offered.

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   The Flyers later signed another ex-Penguin, center Max Talbot, to a five-year deal that totals $9 million. The 27-year-old Talbot had eight goals and 13 assists for Pittsburgh last season.

    By all accounts, Talbot is a character guy and a lockerroom leader.

    Later in the day, the Flyer sent Kris Versteeg to Florida for second and third-round draft picks. The move could have opened room to re-sign Ville Leino, but the winger soon signed a six-year $27 million deal with Buffalo ($4.5 million per year).

    The Flyers also inked RFA Jacub Voracek for one season at $2.25 million.

   After a brilliant NHL career, Jagr went to Russia's KHL the last three seasons. In his last NHL season, he had 25 goals and 46 assists for the Rangers in 2007-08.

   Yes, the Flyers would be thrilled with that kind of production.

   That seems like a longshot.

   Last year, Jagr had 19 goals and 31 assists in the KHL, then had five goals in nine games for the Czech Republic National Team in the IIHF World Championships.

    The Flyers also signed another past-his-prime player, 6-3, 220-pound Andreas Lilja, a soon-to-be 36-year-old defenseman who had one goal and six assists for Anaheim last season and was minus-15.

    Free-agent Sean O'Donnell signed with Chicago.

     Because the Flyers do not have many big bodies at center, it seemed to make UFA Michal Handzus an interesting option.  A former Flyer, the 6-foot-4, 219-pound Handzus was high on the Flyers' FA list. Ditto Erik Cole, Jamie Langenbrunner, Michael Ryder, Simon Gagne and John Madden. 

    Apparently, all were too expensive.

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  Follow this blog (or Twitter at BroadStBull) for updates throughout the day. The NHL Network is televising the draft frenzy.   



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