Sunday, February 14, 2016

Flyers' new defenseman adds experience

OK, so he's not Dion Phaneuf.

Flyers' new defenseman adds experience


  OK, so he's not Dion Phaneuf.

   But Lukas Krajicek, the player the Flyers signed as a free agent late Saturday night, WILL give the team some much-needed depth on defense.

   He was cheap _ according to a source, he signed for about $650,000, which will be prorated for the final 29 games _ and he fits under the Flyers' salary cap. Phaneuf ($4.1 million cap hit), who was traded from Calgary to Toronto Sunday,  wouldn't fit.

   Krajicek, 26, had played with Tampa Bay this season before being demoted to the AHL. He had one assist in 23 games with the Lightning this season.

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  In 301 career games with Florida, Vancouver and Tampa, he had 10 goals, 70 points, a minus-20 rating and 231 penalty minutes. Krajicek is a former No. 1 pick (24th overall in 2001) with Florida. 

  Defensemen Danny Syvret and Ryan Parent are injured, causing the Flyers to seek more depth.

    Look for Krajicek to replace Ole-Kristian Tollefsen in the lineup, probably on Monday night in Calgary. He is much quicker than the injury-prone Tollefsen, and he could be paired with rookie Oskars Bartulis.

    After Sunday's practice, coach Peter Laviolette wasn't ready to name his starting goalie for Monday. Ray Emery has started the last seven games.

   Calgary has struggled mightily, losing nine of its last 10, but the Flames could be invigorated by Sunday's seven-player deal with Toronto. Calgary sent all-star defenseman Phaneuf, forward Fredrik Sjostroma prospect to the Maple Leafs for forwards Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan and Jamal Mayers and defenseman Ian White.

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