Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The fallout begins in Philly

The Flyers have waived Nolan Baumgartner, Niko Dimitrakos, and Petr Nedved.
Flyers GM Bob Clarke wasted no time in meting out the punishment for last night's 9-1 loss, although what I expect he's hoping for with these 'demotions' is that any of these three players gets a nibble as they pass through waivers.

There's actually substantial salary involved here, with Nedved ($2.28-million), Baumgartner ($1.2-million) and Dimitrakos ($650,000) combining for more than $4-million, which means if all three do end up playing in the AHL with the Phantoms, Clarke has some room to bring in an additional player or two.

It's all going to be window dressing, because the fact is, the Flyers blueline desperately needs an overhaul and with Derian Hatcher and Mike Rathje pulling in a combined $7-million back there, there's not a ton of room for maneuvering.

The worst part? Hatcher is locked up at $3.5-million until 2009, while Rathje is at that same figure until 2010.

Losing 9-1 might be the least of Clarke's worries.

UPDATE We finally hear some voices coming out of Philadelphia, as Inquirer beat writer Tim Panaccio talks to Clarke:
Clarke then dealt with a quote from center Mike Richards, who said last night about the loss: "Typical Philadelphia Flyers hockey game there. We got behind the eight ball, we had a little bit of pressure on us and we folded."

Clarke responded: "I think when a player says that there is truth to it, players recognize it [when a team folds] before anybody. In the sense, we were lucky our goaltending [Robert Esche] was pretty good, it could have been much worse [than 9-1].

"We'd better identify this problem and fix it; it's not just one or two players."
Very shortly, I think we could be seeing a Joe Thornton-sized deal from Clarke in an attempt to right the ship. (And we know how well that worked out for the Bruins.)


At 1:53 p.m., October 18, 2006, Anonymous Darren said...

I believe it was Afinogenov (sp?) who went around Hatcher last night like he was a mule leased to a one-legged hobo.

At 2:25 p.m., October 18, 2006, Anonymous bryon said...

TSN said it best when they used the term "Frankenhatcher" during SportsCenter.

At 2:30 p.m., October 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is Hatcher the mule or the one legged hobo? Either will do, just wondering...

At 3:08 p.m., October 18, 2006, Blogger Matt said...

Until Snider decides to clean house in South Philadelphia, it's going to be a short spring each year -- if there even is one.

At 4:18 p.m., October 18, 2006, Anonymous Rob said...

Hatcher in Flyers Orange is the world's most expensive traffic cone.

At 4:45 p.m., October 18, 2006, Blogger ninja said...

James, you aren't thinking Forsberg or Gagne moves, ala Boston moving Thornton, are you?

At 4:52 p.m., October 18, 2006, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Not necessarily, although I think the names will be substantial enough that they'll shock people.

The problem is that it's really difficult to move much salary unless the same amount coming in return, but there are a few teams really struggling at the moment that might take a chance on some of the Flyers' overpaid and/or underperforming players — which at this point includes just about everyone. Forsberg could definitely be moved for the right price.

I mean, if a heart-and-soul youngster like Mike Richards is as disconsolate as he sounded yesterday, I think it means the situation's about as dire as it can get. Clarke's not going to go down without a fight.

At 4:54 p.m., October 18, 2006, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

Oh please let him be stupid enough to trade Pitkanen.

At 11:31 p.m., October 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how the Flyers needed speed on defense and then over the summer they let Kim Johnsson walk for what was believed to be health reasons (concussions). Then it was said it might have been sinus problems. He signs as a free agent in Minnesota.

Meanwhile the Flyers sign Nolan Baumgartner....and who did they waive today......Nolan B.

Clarkie really needs to go. He's starting to get like Sinden was in Boston.

At 6:35 a.m., October 19, 2006, Blogger Tom L said...



At 12:43 p.m., October 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Snider really does clean house in Philly, can he fire Doug MacLean in Columbus, too?


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