From the trusted halls of Hockeybuzz, word on the street is the Flyers are interested in Miroslav Satan and Petr Sykora, both Penguins alum:
Any Flyers fan have seen both Satan and Sykora and it can be argued that they still have some gas left in their tanks. Personally, Sykora looks like the better choice with his playoff heroics in the ’07-’08 Cup finals with his prediction that he would be the one to score the game winner.
In order to clear the cap space necessary, who would end up being shipped out? Forward wise, here’s what the Flyers have to bargain with (Briere, Richards, Gagne, Carter and Hartnell have been left out purposely. Although, Gagne trade rumors have been circulating, legitimate or not.)
With the Flyers just going into free agency and signing Laperriere it would seem foolish to dump him off immediately afterwards. Giroux is also a lock to remain because of the sheer potential he has. That leaves you with the expendables: Carcillo, Nodl, Asham, and Cote. (Ross will probably end up with the Phantoms so discussing him is irrelevant.) With the signing of Laperriere, Cote’s welcome is worn out. There is no need for three tough guys on the starting lineup. Keeping Asham would be smart, considering he can fight, and blow a wrist shot past a goalie on occasion. All Cote does is practice being a punching bag. With Carcillo being what appears to be Holmgren’s pet, if any forwards move it looks like it would be Cote or Nodl.
Moving onto the defense corps, everything seems a bit more cut and dry:
Either Jones or Carle are walking. Everyone’s job should be secure otherwise. For $2.75 mil and $3.5 mil respectively, the Flyers can benefit from dumping at least one of them. Timonen and Pronger are your top guys, with Parent and Coburn developing into potential number one’s themselves. Finding another defense man to plug the hole left by Jones or Carle departure may be tricky, but it could be time for a player like Danny Syvret to hit the big time.
Last year, Satan made $3.5 mil and Sykora $2.5 mil. Both guys are team players, both guys were on a Stanley Cup winning team, and both guys have the talent to slide right into a line in Philly. When healthy, both are viable producers to help win games. Satan is going to be 34 though, and Sykora only 32. If the Flyers make a move it is going to be based on who is willing to accept the offer that is made, not who can bargain for more. And with Sykora making a million dollars less then Satan already, it is not hard to believe that he may potentially settle for less. But the Penguins did win the Stanley Cup so everyone on the team had their prices skyrocket. (ex. Scuderi and the contract he collected from the Kings)
Stay tuned as this situation develops.