Allen, Gill on Flyers' radar?

Hurricanes defenseman Bryan Allen is on the Flyers radar. (Karl B. DeBlaker/AP)

   Now that Tim Gleason has signed a four-year, $16-million extension with Carolina, the Flyers may turn their attention to two other defensemen: The Hurricanes' Bryan Allen and Montreal's Hal Gill.

   Allen, a rugged 6-foot-5, 226-pounder, is on the Flyers' radar, according to a league source. He would have to waive a no-trade clause in order to be dealt.

   Allen, 31, has a $2.9 million cap hit and he can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. (In case you were wondering, he was not with Carolina when Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was there.)

   As for the 6-7, 244-pound Gill, there is believed to be a difference of opinion about him in the Flyers' organization. He has been very solid in the last two playoffs.

   Gill, 36, can also become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and reports out of Montreal indicate he will be dealt. He has a $2.25 million cap hit.

    The trade deadline is Feb. 27.

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   Listless for most of the first two periods, the Flyers controlled the final 20 minutes of regulation on Tuesday, outshooting Winnipeg, 13-4.

      But Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec had all the answers _ and was also perfect in overtime and the shootout.

     With Pavelec leading the way, the Jets defeated the Flyers in a shootout, 2-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.

     The Flyers have won just 11 of their 22 games at home, where they are 11-7-4.

     Both teams were playing their first contest since the all-star break.

    “It was not a very good hockey game,” said Flyers winger Jaromir Jagr, who contributed an assist in his return from a groin injury. “Neither team had many practices. Obviously, one practice, and it’s not easy to play the game” that way.

    "I think every period we started off slowly,” said Scott Hartnell, the Flyers’ all-star winger. “We weren't moving our feet and we ended up getting to a point at the end of the day, but we’re still really disappointed by everybody.  (Wednesday)  we'll get back to work. Tonight, we played good in spurts, but you can't win like that in this league."

     Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves, and also stopped the first two shootout shots.

    “Bryz played solid for us. Unfortunately we couldn't get a goal for him in the shootout, but it's definitely not his fault,” Hartnell said. “As forwards, we were turning the puck over.”

     Instead of getting the crowd into the game early, the Flyers failed to get a shot in the first 13:36; they had only 13 shots after two periods.

     The Flyers’ home woes are “definitely a concern,” said Hartnell, who was robbed by Pavelec on a third-period chance in front. “I thought our fans were pretty solid tonight even though we had some bad shifts. I don't think I heard any boos.”


    Jagr was stopped on his first shootout shot of the season. In his career, Jagr is 5 for 23 in shootouts….Look for the Flyers to start devoting more time to shootouts at practices. They are 1-4 in shootouts this season and an NHL-worst 20-38 lifetime.....Max Talbot and Tom Sestito had five hits each for the Flyers, and Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux had five shots apiece…..The Flyers won 59 percent of the faceoffs.

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