OK.... THAT WAS NUTS.... SO WHAT'S NEXT?
I never expected BOTH Jeff Carter and Mike Richards to be traded, never mind on the same day, so that's crazy.
But now we have to move on. Here are the things I have learned since the deals went down this afternoon:
1. The Flyers are in love with Brayden Schenn. He's not going anywhere. He is being looked at as a lynchpin to the future. And, the Flyers think he'll play in 2011-12.
2. The Flyers WILL NOT try to trade for Stephen Stamkos. I was offered $1 million (jokingly) by a Flyers source if I could come up with a trade for Stamkos that would work with the salary cap AND would be acceptable to the Lightning. Couldn't do it off the top of my head, but after a good night's sleep, maybe I'll try.
3. The Flyers would love to draft Gabriel Landeskog tomorrow night, but he won't be there at No. 8. So, they will try to move up to get him. Whether they'll be successful or not remains to be seen. Maybe Florida will trade back and take on another salary - Hey, they need to get $30 million in salary just to reach the Salary floor... might make sense.
4. Sergei Bobrovsky isn't long for the Flyers. At $1.75 million and an inability to be sent down to the Phantoms makes him undesirable financially as a backup goalie. Plus, even though the Flyers are $7.5 million under the cap (probably more like $11.8 million if you consider them waiving Michael Leighton and Matt Walker and putting Ian Laperriere on the long-term injury list) they want or need to sign a bunch of free agents, mostly restricted. They include:
5. Ville Leino
6. Wayne Simmonds
7. Jakub Voracek
8. Darrell Powe
9. Andreas Nodl
10. After that, I'm told the Flyers are looking for a few "character guys" to round out the roster. One of which needs to be "another Lappy," according to a team source.
While I'm not sure there is another Lappy out there, here are a few guesses - and they are just guesses, as none have been fed to me by a source, but are the kind of players they may want.
11. Brooks Laich
12. Cory Stillman
13. Pascal Dupuis
14. Joel Ward
and on defense....
15. Sean O'Donnell
16. Eric Brewer
17. Brent Sopel
But, let's just get to tomorrow first. This has been one heck of a day.....