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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:47 pm 
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NEW YORK –- The Flyers' goalie vacancy has taken yet another twist with a name not previously in the mix.

According to an NHL source here at this weekend’s NHL draft, the Flyers have made some inquires with St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong about the availability of Jaroslav Halak, who lost the starter’s job to Brian Elliott this past season.

The 28-year-old Slovakian has one year left on his current contract with a $3.75 million salary cap hit.

St. Louis isn’t sure about what Halak’s price tag will be on re-signing. Even more difficult for the Blues is that Elliott also has a year left and is making far less money -- $1.8 million -- but will be seeking starter’s coinage next summer.

“The Flyers have been told it’s going to take a very good player, but it won’t take one of their top guys, which Philadelphia was worried about,” the source said. “He could be their No. 1.”

Halak appeared in 16 games last season with Ken Hitchcock’s Blues, with a 2.14 goals against average and .899 save percentage. His seven-year NHL career numbers are solid: 2.41 GAA and .917 save percentage.

He was the starter in Montreal during the 2010 playoffs, which saw the Canadiens ousted by the Flyers in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Halak was twice bothered by groin injuries last season and had a few run-ins with Hitchcock. He was very upset at losing his starter’s job and turned up late for several team meetings in protest of that fact.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has been talking to many general managers in recent weeks, both in person at the GM Meetings earlier this month and on the phone.

There is a long list of goalie possibilities, including Tim Thomas. Sources close to Thomas say he was intrigued by the Flyers. Another possibility is Ray Emery, who the Flyers remain fond of after his last stint here that unfortunately ended with AVN disease in his right hip.

Others are Jose Theodore and Roberto Luongo, if he is bought out and becomes a free agent.


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The Philadelphia Flyers have interest in St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak, according to Tim Panaccio of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.

Citing an NHL source, Panaccio reports Philadelphia has made inquires into the availability of Halak. The 28-year-old goaltender is entering the final-year of a four-year, $15 million contract that carries an annual average value of $3.75 million against the salary cap. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

According to the source, St. Louis will require a "very good player" in return for Halak, but won't require one of their top guys. In the majority of rumors involving the Flyers, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier are often mentioned as players of interest from opposing clubs. This source seemingly indicates that the Blues are not asking for either player.

While Panaccio's report doesn't specifically mention any player by name, 27-year-old forward Matt Read has surfaced in rumors and was reportedly connected to a potential deal with the Los Angeles Kings for restricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Read certainly could be described as a very good player and is even more valuable given his disproportionate annual average value of $900,000. Set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, Read stands to earn a sizable raise.

Considering Halak will also hit the unrestricted market next summer, the two teams might find common ground in a deal. However, Read's involvement in these discussions is merely a speculative perspective and is not mentioned in Panaccio's report.

In terms of Halak, he is one of three goaltenders on the Blues roster. Brian Elliott is also entering the final-year of his contract, which carries an annual average value of $1.8 million. The club also has 22-year-old goaltender Jake Allen, who will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Many have speculated that the Blues will attempt to use their depth in goal to improve the forward group. Whether that is true remains to be seen.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:50 pm 
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Halak ain't netting you Claude Giroux, and short of Giroux there's no one else on that team I'd want.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:57 pm 
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I'm not saying this is a trade either side would make, but I would be happy to get Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn in a deal.

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Chris Pronger? lol

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A name floated from the Flyers end (on a rumors board, so.......grain of salt) is Matt Read. Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier would be other ideas. The Flyers have the 11th pick and the 41st. I don't think I'd do Halak straight up for Read and doubt the Flyers would do Couturier for Halak straight up.

If we did Read and something for Halak (so the reasoning went) that might make it 'easier' to part with Perron(perhaps to Buffalo for pick(s) see below).

The Isles have been brought up as interested in Halak as well. They have the 15th overall pick. At least at the NHL level, they don't have anybody I could see as a reasonable trade target -- either too good(Tavares, Moulson) or yeah, not interested, thanks anyway.

Buffalo is allegedly looking for a top 6 forward via trade, presumably as an additive move. The Sabres have the 8th, 16th, 38th and 52th picks.


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forgot to mention, spector also stated we are rumored to be shopping oshie, in addition to perron.


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I wouldn't mind getting back into the first round of the draft by dealing Halak. Not in the slightest.

Jake Allen really impressed me last year. Void of a total collapse I'd say Halak is definitely tradeable and this team should survive without him. Honestly I'm surprised other teams are as interested as they are given his injury issues.

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Love to have Wayne Simmonds in Blue and really think we'd see a major difference from Chris Stewart being that a) they're best friends and Wayne worked with him on the offseason to help with Chris' conditioning (Laugh if you want but who was our top goal scorer last year?), b) Wayne is known to have a high work ethic, c) CAN FIGHT and BACKS UP HIS TEAMMATES. He's a 3.975 Cap Hit, which I think Philly eats a chunk of iirc.

That said, I'd want a lot more than Wayne for Halak.

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Lyle (Spector) is a good guy, but he loses at picks to inanimate objects on a yearly basis.

That being said, jaroslav belongs in the east, set him free right?

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Oaklandblue wrote:
Love to have Wayne Simmonds in Blue and really think we'd see a major difference from Chris Stewart being that a) they're best friends and Wayne worked with him on the offseason to help with Chris' conditioning (Laugh if you want but who was our top goal scorer last year?), b) Wayne is known to have a high work ethic, c) CAN FIGHT and BACKS UP HIS TEAMMATES. He's a 3.975 Cap Hit, which I think Philly eats a chunk of iirc.

That said, I'd want a lot more than Wayne for Halak.


This is what I was thinking, but I doubt Philly will be willing to trade Simmonds straight up for Halak. I would absolutely love to see Simmonds in the Bluenote though. He is by far my favorite Flyer. He's pretty similar to Stewart with the added bonus that he actually throws his body around and uses his size and has a brilliant work ethic. His willingness to drop the gloves is also a plus. If we traded Perron+Halak for Simmonds+a pick or two I would be happy.

Stewart-Oshie-Simmonds line would be a wrecking ball.

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Lyle (Spector) is a good guy, but he loses at picks to inanimate objects on a yearly basis.


Not sure what that even means, but the Oshie reference was culled from a Bruce Garrioch rumor fest column

Spector's main use in my world is consolidating all the canadian columnists' musing into a single spot


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I think our biggest flaw as a fan base is that we get too attached to our own whereas the rest of the league sees them as not nearly on the same level as we do. Perron+Halak for Simmonds and picks would be a groovy trade given what I've seen about Simmonds relationship with 25. But if Army could muster up a bigger package to also get Claude Giroux, that would be cool too. What sort of gigando package would have to be presented to the Flyers to net those two?

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I think our biggest flaw as a fan base is that we get too attached to our own whereas the rest of the league sees them as not nearly on the same level as we do. Perron+Halak for Simmonds and picks would be a groovy trade given what I've seen about Simmonds relationship with 25. But if Army could muster up a bigger package to also get Claude Giroux, that would be cool too. What sort of gigando package would have to be presented to the Flyers to net those two?


Obviously I think at least a first round pick would need to be involved (which we don't have this year) or if not a 1st rounder, you're probably looking at Shattenkirk or Petro. And out of those two, Petro would probably be the first guy the Flyers ask for. Maybe I'm overvaluing those guys, but those are our biggest trade chips.

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