Nedved joins Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired forward Petr Nedved from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defenceman Dennis Seidenberg.Doug Weight had been the rumoured candidate to go to Philadelphia, but this makes you wonder how serious Peter Forsberg's latest injury is. Michal Handzus also isn't good enough to be a contending team's No. 1 offensive centre.
UPDATE I had little time to comment on this move at the time the news broke, but I should note that the deal is a great one for the Coyotes, who have really made over their squad this season. While Wayne Gretzky's club won't make the playoffs this year, it has been positioned well for next season. Adding a talented youngester like Seidenberg for what was basically dead weight is impressive.
On the Flyers side, Seidenberg became expendable with the play of Freddy Meyer IV, who has more than proven himself an NHL-calibre player during his promotion. And Nedved did help the Edmonton Oilers in a late-season trade in 2003-04, but whether or not he can do so with a contender two years later remains to be seen.
If Nedved proves a bust over the remaining 35 games and playoffs — he becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season — it says here Philadelphia will wish they had held onto Seidenberg, who had a terrific season for the AHL champion Phantoms last season and is still just 24 years old.