Flyers make moves; a classic Olympic finish

Ray Emery has been placed on long-term injured reserve by the Flyers. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

       The Flyers made two moves Monday to free cap space for a possible deal before Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline.

       By placing goalie Ray Emery ($1.5 million salary) on the long-term injured list and putting seldom-used winger Riley Cote ($550,000) on waivers, the Flyers cleared a little over $2 million in cap space. 

     They now have about $2.8 million of space to try to make a deal. They will also get some more room, of course, if they trade a player on the current roster.

    An NHL source said the Flyers are interested in a handful of forwards, including Los Angeles' Alexander Frolov, Columbus' Raffi Torres and Ottawa's Matt Cullen.

    Sources said Carolina winger Ray Whitney, a potential unrestricted free agent after the season, is seeking a three-year deal for $4 million a season and that it doesn't fit in the Flyers' budget. Whitney played for Flyers coach Peter Laviolette in Carolina.

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    Do you believe in miracles…?!
    Well, after Zach Parise’s game-tying goal with 24.4 seconds left in regulation Sunday, YES!
    But Team USA’s gallant effort ended when Sidney Crosby scored nearly eight minutes into overtime to give Team Canada the gold medal, 3-2, in a thrilling end to the Olympics.
    I was boarding a flight to Tampa, where the Flyers will play Tuesday, and didn’t see Crosby’s epic score.
    But I was at a crowded Philadelphia International Airport bar _ every seat was filled, and people were lined eight-deep in the walkways as they craned their necks to see the final minutes of regulation on the bar’s tiny TV screens.
     When Parise scored on a rebound, the airport echoed with cheers and shrieks of USA….USA…..USA.
     The U.S. didn’t win gold, but the spirited young players did America proud. And, based on the reaction at the airport, they created a lot of hockey fans in the process.
     As for Team Canada, whose squad included the Flyers’ Chris Pronger and Mike Richards, it deserves wild applause for withstanding the intense pressure _ with a loss, it would have been scorned in its hockey-crazed nation _ and giving its country a memory that will become a part of Olympic lore.
    In other words, there were no losers on Sunday.