Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Flames pickup Vandermeer

The Philadelphia Flyers have made their second trade in as many days, sending defenceman Jim Vandermeer to the Calgary Flames for a 2009 third round pick.

Vandermeer, 27, has three goals, 15 points and 71 penalty minutes in 54 games this season with the Chicago Blackhawks and Flyers.
A minor move, but Vandermeer has really struggled recently for Philadelphia and had fallen out of favour with everyone but coach John Stevens.

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At 8:38 p.m., February 20, 2008, Blogger MetroGnome said...

I hope he's better than Eriksson...

At 10:40 p.m., February 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, YOU'RE better than Eriksson...

At 10:59 p.m., February 20, 2008, Blogger Fauxrumors said...

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At 11:51 p.m., February 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flyers need an ex-D to their management team. They signed younger Timonen when he couldn't play even in Finland, they thought Picard is talented, Kukkonen was their favorite last season...

They have thrown stupid money to Rathje, Hatcher and Timonen.

They brought Jason Smith to Philly about 5-6 years after his best before date and traded Pitkanen 5-6years too early.

At 5:20 a.m., February 21, 2008, Blogger lralle said...

This was a good move by Holmgren to force the guy out of the line-up. I loved Vandermeer his first stint in Philly - physical, aggressive and a decent shot from the point. But he lost that some time before they brought him back. It's a shame.

Re: Anonymous: 1. Picard IS good, but young and was forced to play big minutes on a bad team with no leadership last year. He needs more time in the A, like most young D.
2. Kukkonen's been a monster when healthy. If Stevens had kept playing him (over Vandermeer) he'd be among the league leaders in blocked shots, no question. The guy gets injured every game, but he hangs in and is still a plus player on the season.
3. $3.5million isn't bad for a guy who's your best defensive D, a key on the PK and mentoring a stud like Coburn. Hatcher has adapted after the ridiculous capataincy/post-lockout debacle. Rathje's on LTI and his salary hasn't counted for the last season and a half, so no impact on the team. As for Timonen, the length was crazy, but an average of $6.3 against the cap is excellent for an All-Star D. (all $ from

4. Smith also is playing through injuries and is the post-Primeau captain the team needed before Richards transitions in. He's also a UFA at season's end. Pitkanen didn't get it. Maybe he will elsewhere. But can you honestly say you wouldn't rather have Lupul at this point knowing there's Coburn and Parent and even Guenin, Bartulis and Picard in the pipeline?


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