Philadelphia Flyers. Goaltending. Stanley Cup.
Three subjects that havenít fit well in the same sentence since Bernie Parent retired to be a club ambassador, Pelle Lindbergh passed away and Ron Hextall chopped down his last crease intruder.
Michael Leighton came the closest of anyone to backstopping a winner earlier this month, until Patrick Kaneís side-door surprise goal gave Chicago the Stanley Cup and the Flyers cause to look elsewhere again for net help. So far, general manager Paul Holmgren has been thwarted on a number of fronts.
The Flyers are dallying with the San Jose Sharks to obtain Evegeni Nabokovís rights for a few days prior to the start of Thursdayís free agency to get a deal and stave off his going to the unrestricted market. There is recent Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, unhappy in Boston now that Tuukka Rask is the man and informing Boston he will waive his no-trade. But he has a $5 million cap hit, the last thing the Flyers want.
Then came a report from ESPN.com on Monday that another displaced doorkeeper, Marty Turco of the Dallas Stars, had rejected an offer from Philly, this one for three years valued at $6 million US. All are developments that could see Leighton come back to Philly at the very least as back-up and perhaps with his old starting job.
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Some intriguing names went on the NHL waiver wire Monday, but none of interest to the Maple Leafs according to GM Brian Burke.
Ottawa Senators winger Jonathan Cheechoo was joined by forward Petteri Nokelainen and defenceman Jim Vandermeer of the Phoenix Coyotes, while forward Ville Koistinen of Florida and Ales Kotalik of Calgary are also up for grabs.
Cheechoo once had 56 goals in San Jose under present Toronto coach Ron Wilson, but that plummeted to 37 to 23 to 12 and down to five in 61 games last year as injuries added up. Cheechoo is also due $3.5 million US on the last year of the big contract the 56 goals earned him. Kotalik scored 11 and had 27 points in 71 games with the Flames and New York Rangers last season and was to make $3 million a year through 2011-12.
If unclaimed in the next couple of days all contracts can be bought out and they would become unrestricted free agents.
No easy Marc
If Tyler Sequinís arrival in Boston does spell the end for Marc Savard, a trade wonít be a simple matter for GM Peter Chiarelli. Savardís wish list is believed to be anywhere from two to five teams, the main destinations likely being his hometown of Ottawa and the Leafs, both putting him near other family members in the Oshawa area.
But the Sens have already indicated they arenít interested and Burke wonít involve his No. 1 bargaining chip, defenceman Tomas Kaberle. Savard is also about to turn 33, suffered a severe concussion last year and is just in the early stages of a seven-year contract with a $4 million-plus cap hit.
The situation could drag right into training camp when the Bruins would know for sure if Seguin is NHL-ready to play behind centres David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron.
Boston did make a trade under the radar in Los Angeles at the draft, shipping forward Vladimir Sobotka to St. Louis for the rights to Boston University junior defenceman David Warsofsky ... Ex-Leaf Ian White received a qualifying offer from the Calgary Flames by Monday nightís deadline, though Edmonton Oilers who did not receive one include centre Ryan Potulny ... It wasnít just a big day for Brazil on the pitch at the World Cup where it beat Chile 3-0. Their in-line hockey team won its opening game at the world championships in Sweden, 6-5 over Japan, while Canada lost 7-2 to the U.S.