Problems in Flyersville

Ray Emery and the Flyers shutout Calgary, but Emery has been sidelined for tonight's game. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press/AP)

   The news coming from Flyersville is not good: Goalie Ray Emery is hurt again.

    Oh, and the Flyers, trying to make up for their glaring lack of offensive depth, acquired a player who had managed just four goals and was minus-10 this season.

    First, Emery.

    Earlier this season, Emery missed about six weeks following abdominal surgery.

   On Wednesday, general manager Paul Holmgren strongly denied a report that Emery had an injured groin.

   On Saturday, the Flyers said Emery would miss tonight's game in Minnesota because of  "tightness in his left hip." He suffered the injury during Friday's practice, Holmgren claimed.

   The Flyers have said they want to start negotiating with Emery next month on a long-term contract. They may want to slow down on those plans until Emery shows he can play for long stretches without being sidelined.

    As for the minor deal, the Flyers acquired Detroit left winger Ville Leino for injury-prone defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a fifth-round draft pick in 2011.

   Holmgren called Leino "a skilled forward who is going to give us some depth. I think he has the ability to play up and down our lineup and play with our skilled players."

  Leino makes $800,000 a year _ $200,000 more than Tollefsen. Leino's contract runs through the end of the 2010-11 season; Tollefesen can be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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