In the wake of Free Agency Frenzy, former flyers Matt Carle and Jaromir Jagr, both of whom are free agents, are leaving the Flyers for different deals. As a Flyers fan, I hear a lot of complaints about Carle, I even heard a joke that Pronger really is just injuried from pulling out his back from carrying Carle on the D for the past two seasons.
All kidding aside, Carle is now moving down south to play for Tampa Bay Lightening, and Jagr is moving to the Western Conference to play for the Dallas Stars. I can’t say that I am that surprised by these moves, since it seems to me that free agents tend to go where the money is. Jagr did play really well this season, so hopefully him leaving the Giroux-Hartnell line does not effect the team too much. We do have some good rookies like Read, Rinaldo and Couturier, and Prospect Camp is going on right now, so we could have some more NHL hopefuls filling in with Jagr’s absence.
Some of the moves that the Flyers have made in the free agency frenzy have been discussed by our other bloggers, like re-signing Michael Leighton. I personally have mixed feelings about this. I really liked Leighton, and I feel like he carried Boucher at times a couple seasons ago, but at the same time, it’s really hard to forget that soft Kane goal he let in that gave the Blackhawks the cup. So Leights definitely has some redeeming to do, but right now Bryz is still starter and Leighton is the backup. The Flyers have also resigned some of their free agents that have been playing for the Phantoms. Defensemen, Danny Syret, Cullen Eddy, and Mike Testwuide have all re-signed deals with the hockey club.
The biggest news for the team, literally just happened. First it was via twitter, then the Flyers facebook page, but now the official Flyers organization website has confirmed that the Flyers have signed Bruno Gervais and Ruslan Fedotenko. It had been in the rumor mill yesterday( ie twitter) that the hockey club was looking at Gervais, but it has finally been confirmed and he signed a deal today. Signing Gervais was a good move, since he has experience protecting the blue line in 300 games in the league, and the team really needs defensemen. As for Fedotenko, he used to play for the Flyers 2000 and played two seasons in Philadelphia, so it will be nice to have him back in the black and orange. He’s also a seasoned player, so we can expect to see good things from the forward come October.
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