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Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Here's the explanation... (not sure I agree with it)

Scottie Upshall was traded to Phoenix to create enough cap space for the Flyers to call up a player from the Phantoms in case of injury without having to send Claude Giroux back down again.

Daniel Carcillo was acquired to replace Upshall. He's not as skilled, but has a higher motor and a mouth to match. He's pugnacious, will fight at the drop of a nickel, and leads the NHL in penalty minutes. In Paul Holmgren's mind this constitutes the fans will love him. He saves the Flyers an additional $450,000.

The Flyers also gave Phoenix a second round pick. That was in essence for renting cap space from the Coyotes. The pick is in 2011. It was definitely a steep price to pay for the smallest of breathing rooms.

The Flyers then acquired hulking defenseman Kyle McLaren from the San Jose Sharks for a 6th round pick in 2009. McLaren, who makes $2.5 million, hasn't played in the NHL in more than a year.

He has been toiling in the AHL for the Worcester Sharks, where he's only played 17 games this season. He has two bad knees and is a shell of the playr he was a decade ago in Boston. The Flyers added him for playoff depth on the blue line. There is no salary cap in the playoffs.

That's it folks. Are the Flyers better now then they were this morning? I don't think so.


Anonymous JPark91 said...

after thinking about it and listening to holmgren's press conference, i guess this isnt a terrible move. i trust holmgren enough to make the best move for the team. i really feel bad for upshall though, at the end of the day he did not deserve to go.

March 4, 2009 at 11:07 PM 
Blogger simon said...

Upshall = casualty of the cap. yes, he was a fan favorite for sure. but he will do nothing here as a 3rd liner at best because of the Flyers depth.

i have a feeling he will flourish in PHX as a top 2 line forward playing with the likes of Dawes, Mueller, Prucha, Lombardi, Turris.

Looks like Powe's recent awesome play contributed to Scottie's departure. Powe is a better skater and workhorse anyway (a better 3rd line player).

Reminds me of the same reason we god rid of Patrick Sharp (no room for his young talent at the time). look how that turned out...

March 5, 2009 at 8:54 AM 

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