Sunday, August 2, 2015

Flyers trading Biron?

With about 24 hours left in the NHL's trading deadline, there are a lot of rumors floating around.

Flyers trading Biron?

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   With about 24 hours left in the NHL's trading deadline, there are a lot of rumors floating around.

   One of them has the Flyers sending goalie Marty Biron to Phoenix to free some cap space for John Stevens' team to make other moves. Phoenix would then send Biron to another team _ perhaps Buffalo, Biron's old stomping ground. (Sabres' goalie Ryan Miller is injured.)

   If the Flyers moved Biron, they would free room and supposedly go after Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester or Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger (my first choice).

    Antero Niittymaki would then become the Flyers' No. 1 goalie.

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   The Flyers may move Matt Carle and Joffrey Lupul to get Bouwmeester or Pronger.

   Pronger, who makes $6.25 million, is signed through the end of next year. Bouwmeester can become a free agent after the season, so the Flyers would want him to agree to a long-term deal before they acquire him.

   The Flyers are dead last in the NHL in available cap space ($55,656, according to nhlscap.com), so dealing the inconsistent Biron would give them flexibility. In order to be dealt, Biron would have to waive his no-trade clause.

   Before last tonight's game in Boston, Biron said he has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause and that he would "cross that bridge" if it happened.

    Stay tuned.

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   Niittymaki started tonight's game in Boston.

   With Kimmo Timonen recovered from the flu and playing tonight, the Flyers sent Nate Guenin and Jared Ross to the AHL Phantoms and recalled rookie Claude Giroux, who was a salary-cap victim (no matter what the Flyers say) and unable to play Sunday against New Jersey.

    Giroux was on the new BUG Line _ Danny Briere, Scottie Upshall and Giroux. The line has two speeds: fast and faster.

   * * * * * * 

   The Flyers' March 15 game against the host New York Rangers has been moved from 3 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. because it will be televised by NBC.

 

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