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SportsReport: Flyers looking for goaltender help but won't trade prospects or draft picks

14:55  06 december  2018
14:55  06 december  2018 Source:

Report: Francis, Fletcher among early candidates for new Flyers GM

Report: Francis, Fletcher among early candidates for new Flyers GM Ron Francis and Chuck Fletcher are reportedly among the early candidates to replace the recently fired Ron Hextall as general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. Francis served as director of hockey operations for the Carolina Hurricanes starting in 2011 before becoming the team's general manager in 2014. His contract was terminated this past April. During his tenure in Carolina, Francis oversaw several draft-day steals including Jaccob Slavin (fourth round, 2012), Brett Pesce (third round, 2013), and Sebastian Aho (second round, 2015).

The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Eastern Conference. The Flyers were founded in 1967 as one of six expansion teams

The Flyers have a goalie numbers problem. Lyon and Stolarz are restricted free agents and Hart is turning pro. A trade is more than possible, but Hextall won ' t decimate his depth just because the Flyers have Looks like Elliott-Neuvirth in Philly and Lyon-Hart waiting in the wings at Lehigh Valley.

Report: Flyers looking for goaltender help but won't trade prospects or draft picks© Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

While the expectation for the Philadelphia Flyers is for them to push for the playoffs this season, TSN’s Bob McKenzie notes in the latest TSN "Insider Trading" that their plan isn’t to start trading away high draft picks or top prospects to get the short-term help to put them over the hump.

Instead, he reports that the two items on new Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher’s list are to look for an upgrade between the pipes and evaluate head coach Dave Hakstol to see if he should have a long-term future with the team still.

Goaltending has been an issue for Philly all season long and for quite a few years before this one. Brian Elliott has been passable but has had injury troubles, while veteran backup Michal Neuvirth has battled numerous injuries. Veteran Calvin Pickard struggled and is now gone after being waived, so Anthony Stolarz is currently up in a No. 2 role. None of these players project to be long-term starters for the team, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Flyers target someone who can serve as a reliable starter for a couple of years and serve as a bridge to top prospect Carter Hart.

Report: Sabres' Greeley a candidate in Flyers' GM search

Report: Sabres' Greeley a candidate in Flyers' GM search The latest candidate in the Philadelphia Flyers' search for a new general manager is Buffalo Sabres assistant GM Steve Greeley, reports TSN's Frank Seravalli. Greeley is in his second season with the Sabres after spending two years as assistant director of player personnel with the New York Rangers. The 38-year-old was considered for the Carolina Hurricanes' GM opening earlier this year before the job went to Don Waddell. The Flyers haven't asked the Sabres for permission to talk to Greeley yet, according to Seravalli. Initial reports indicated Philadelphia is also considering former Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and former Hurricanes GM Ron Francis.

# Flyers goalie prospect Carter Hart making it look easy on the wraparound attempt. He looks very in control early on despite the freezing and snowy conditions. One of the luxuries of stockpiling draft picks like Hextall has is that you can overpay to trade up and select players that you really like.

Which brings us to the upcoming NHL trade deadline and why the Avs won ’ t move any of the The first overall pick is almost always NHL-ready, so in this possible scenario, Hughes would help Sakic fill That’s the best-case scenario for a team that already has an excellent young cast of prospects .

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  • While the Islanders would like to bring top goalie prospect Ilya Sorokin to North America as soon as possible, it doesn’t appear that his KHL team is open to letting him go. Igor Eronko of Sport-Express spoke with Sorokin’s agent who indicated that CSKA Moscow has no intention of letting him go until the expiration of his current contract in 2020. The 23-year-old is once again one of the top goalies in the KHL, posting a stellar 1.19 goals-against average with a .941 save percentage through 22 games, but it appears he’ll have to wait a while yet to join the Islanders, even if he’d like to come over after this season, as Arthur Staple of The Athletic reported earlier Wednesday.
  • The Rangers appear to be set to get some help up front in time for Saturday’s game against Florida. Newsday’s Colin Stephenson reports that wingers Pavel Buchnevich, Vladislav Namestnikov and Mats Zuccarello could all play in that game. Buchnevich has missed the better part of a month due to a broken thumb, Namestnikov has missed three straight with a concussion, while Zuccarello has played just twice in the last month due to recurring groin issues.

Flyers deny they fired Hakstol, hired Quenneville.
Flyers deny they fired Hakstol, hired Quenneville

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