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Pronger knows how Richards, Carter feel

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 1:17 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Defenseman Chris Pronger played for four other NHL teams before being dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers on the second day of the 2009 Entry Draft in Montreal.
He remembers the day well and has a pretty good idea the wave of emotions that former Philadelphia teammates Jeff Carter and Mike Richards might be experiencing on the day after general manager Paul Holmgren orchestrated two of the boldest moves in franchise history.
"It (stinks) as a teammate," Pronger told the media during a conference call on Friday. "You hate to see guys go. They were, for all intents and purposes, the face of the franchise for four of those six years, if not for the six years they were here. I'm sure it's tough for them. The Philadelphia Flyers, it's all they really know. I've gone through it a number of times, and sometimes a move is healthy for you."

Emotional Richards ready for new chapter

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 9:52 PM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - Columnist

With nine years left on a 12-year deal he signed with Philadelphia in 2007, Mike Richards figured a trade was the last thing he'd have to worry about. He was wrong.

The Flyers sent their captain, one of the NHL's best two-way centers, to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday for highly regarded prospect Brayden Schenn, young forward Wayne Simmonds and a second-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft. For Richards, who reiterated several times during a Thursday conference call with the media how much he loved playing in Philadelphia and being a Flyer, being dealt was stunning.

"I was very shocked when I got a call this afternoon from my agent, just kind of giving me the rundown on what he knew," he said. "I actually found out about it on the Internet a few minutes before I was able to get the confirmation from my agent about it. At first I was shocked, then I was excited.

Thursday's flurry of moves remakes the Flyers

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 9:50 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

MINNEAPOLIS -- In perhaps the biggest roster shakeup in Philadelphia Flyers history, the team completely changed the look of the franchise on Thursday, trading team captain Mike Richards and All-Star center Jeff Carter in separate deals before agreeing to terms with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on a long-term contract.

The Flyers sent Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for right wing Jakub Voracek, the No. 8 pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, and a third-round pick (No. 68) in the same draft. Richards was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for right wing Wayne Simmonds, center Brayden Schenn and a second-round pick in the 2012 draft.

"What we've done today is change the direction of our organization with these two moves," General Manager Paul Holmgren said. "I've always said over the last few years that I like our team. Today I like our team. We're just a different team."

Acquisition of Carter has Blue Jackets thinking big

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 9:05 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson feels he has finally found the perfect complement for All-Star left wing Rick Nash.
On Thursday afternoon, Howson finalized a deal with Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren that was six months in the making, acquiring veteran center Jeff Carter in exchange for wing Jakub Voracek and a pair of 2011 draft picks in the first (No. 8) and third (No. 68) rounds.
"We've been working on this for a long time, it seems," Howson said during a news conference at the City Center Marriott. "We had discussions about various players over six months and I thought we were getting close over the last three or four days. It crystallized (Thursday) around noon and we moved forward." 

Instant E.J.: Reaction to Flyers wheeling and dealing

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 8:08 PM / NHL Insider

EJ Hradek - Analyst

What a day! The Flyers shook up the hockey world with a pair of blockbuster deals, moving cornerstone young centers Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Richards was sent to the left coast (Los Angeles), while Carter moves across the Pennsylvania border into Ohio to join the Blue Jackets.
Here are a few quick thoughts about the moves for each team's perspective. 

Morrow eager to work with Gulutzan

Monday, 06.20.2011 / 4:18 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

DALLAS -- When Glen Gulutzan officially was introduced as the 21st coach in Dallas Stars history Monday, two of his new players were in attendance. Joining talented young winger Toby Petersen in the back of the room was a man who has been a face of the franchise since Mike Modano left the club in 2010 -- captain Brenden Morrow.

Gulutzan will be the fourth different coach the Dallas captain has played for since making his NHL debut for the Stars during the 1999-2000 season.

One thing the veteran center has done is talked to several of his younger teammates who have played for Gulutzan so he can gain an accurate picture about what to expect. One of those he talked to was current teammate Jamie Benn, who played for Gulutzan during the 2009-10 season with the AHL's Texas Stars.

Gulutzan feels there's much to like about Stars

Monday, 06.20.2011 / 4:13 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

"While we were disappointed that we didn't make the playoffs last year, there was a lot to like and a lot to build on. It is my intention to build this team into a winner. We'd all like nothing more than to have our own parade again with the Stanley Cup in downtown Dallas." -- Joe Nieuwendyk

DALLAS -- During his opening marks at Monday's press conference to officially introduce Glen Gulutzan as the new coach of the Dallas Stars, General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk couldn't help but refer to the other tenant of the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks, who were crowned 2011 NBA champions just over one week ago.

Nieuwendyk, who helped bring the Stanley Cup to Dallas in 1999, the city’s last title before this year, sees many parallels between the champion Mavericks and the current Stars.

"They have tremendous leadership from top to bottom. I think they've shown from staying the course, determination and teamwork in every since of the word that you can achieve your goals. I think they're a good model for us to follow as we move forward here," Nieuwendyk said.

Flyers continue talks with Bryzgalov

Monday, 06.20.2011 / 2:25 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The Philadelphia Flyers have 10 days to sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov or risk losing him on the opening day of NHL free agency July 1.

The Flyers acquired the negotiating rights to the 30-year-old Bryzgalov on June 7. Since then, he's been saying all the right things -- including how great it would be to bring a championship to Philadelphia. It certainly would behoove Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren if a deal were in place before the opening round of the 2011 Entry Draft on Friday. Or would it?

"We'd obviously like to get (a deal) resolved at some point, but I'm not sure it matters whether it's prior to the draft," Holmgren told the media via a conference call Monday. "There's still enough time after the Draft (four days) to get a deal done. The important thing is there's been progress made where we could get something worked out and I don't see why that won't continue. I don't have a crystal ball, so I can't really get into a definitive answer, but there's been enough progress that kind of gives me hope that we'd be able to make a deal at some time, but we'll see."

According to, Bryzgalov's agent, Ritch Winter, might be seeking a five-year deal with a salary exceeding $5 million per season. The Flyers probably would prefer something in the seven-year range. According to Holmgren, the length of the contract and the dollars involved still are in the negotiating stage

MacLean vows to bring direction, leadership to Sens

Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 12:38 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

"I'm going to try and bring some direction and leadership and empower them to make them better. There's a great core of players and a crop of younger players, so we'll find the good players." -- Paul MacLean

Paul MacLean believes the Ottawa Senators are in need of direction and leadership, and he's convinced he's the right man for the job.

Backing that claim is Senators General Manager Bryan Murray, who Tuesday named MacLean the team's fifth head coach in four seasons during a news conference at Scotiabank Place.

"I think every player in the League wants to succeed … they don't want to be bad, they don't want to miss playoffs -- they want to be successful," MacLean said. "I'm going to try and bring some direction and leadership and empower them to make them better. There's a great core of players and a crop of younger players, so we'll find the good players."

Fans to vote on Skinner's outfit for Awards

Tuesday, 06.07.2011 / 12:27 PM / NHL Insider

Emily Kaplan - Staff Writer

For everything Jeff Skinner has gone through this past calendar year, this might have been the most unique experience of them all.

Skinner, who was selected by Carolina in the first round of the Entry Draft last June, received All-Star distinctions in January and finished his whirlwind rookie campaign with a remarkable 31 goals and 63 points -- spent a morning last month at the John Varvatos store in Soho.

While there, the Hurricanes' baby-faced rookie and finalist for the 2011 Calder Trophy tried on three different suits. His looks were photographed, and will appear on -- where readers will be able to vote for their favorite, choosing which one Skinner sports to next month's NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas.

"It's definitely been a pretty crazy year for me, a lot of special memories, a lot of new experiences," Skinner told directly after his private fitting. "[Tuesday was] one of the more cool ones I think. It's not what you sort of think of when you think of playing in the NHL. It's definitely unique and it's been really fun."
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