This was originally meant to be a simple tool to keep you updated on free agency Friday. What it became, however, was a nine hour running commentary on the biggest Flyers news days since… well, last Thursday. Here it is, written in real-time, as the craziness unfolded.
Keep it tuned here all day for updates: [last 8:33 P.M]
- Per the beat writers, the Flyers have re-signed Braydon Coburn to a two-year extension.
- According to Frank Seravalli, the Flyers have signed Michal Handzus. Numbers soon. LA Kings east!
- According to Dave Isaac, Zus' agent hasn't heard from the Flyers yet.
- According to the Daily News, Ville Leino turned down a four-year, $12 million offer from the Flyers. So, let's recap: With the extra Richards money, the Flyers have not made an offer on Stamkos and will not re-sign Leino. Cap space!
- Sam Carchidi says the Flyers and Habs are last two teams standing for Jagr. What, are we only signing old guys with perms?
- Craig Custance reports there's no deal between the Flyers and Handzus. Homer never pressed the X button on his PS3 controller, apparently.
- Thus far, it's been like watching a three-legged race in the Special Olympics. The beat writers take one tandem step forward, followed by an out-of-step fall on their faces.
- Things are getting chippy:
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- Unconfirmed: Paul Holmgren, in a drunken rage, signed the escaped Baboon from NJ. Beat writers can't confirm- Baboon's agent can't find client. Clusterfuck.
- Remember when I said – on Tuesday – that if by mid-day Friday Holmgren has yet to sign a suitable replacement for Richards, we would march with pitchforks? Well, it's 12:48. Presumed option 1, Steven Stamkos, has fallen through, Leino reportedly turned down an offer, and the Flyers have roughly $6 million in cap space. Put on your walking shoes.
- All quiet on the Western Front. The Phillies game is starting, I'm watching the Toronto feed, it's one giant ad for Canada today. No word on Jagr or Handzus.
- 1:05 P.M and Mike Richards was traded for a rookie and a buffer zone.
- David Boreanaz, who spells almost nothing right on his Twitter, is waiting with bated breath to see what Homer will do and doesn't like the reported – yet unconfirmed – Handzus rumors:
- Blackhawks sign now former-Flyer Sean O'Donnell to one-year deal.
- Holy shit! It's official, the Flyers have signed Jaromir Jagr. Oh my. If they sign 'Zus, and place him on a line with Hartnell and Jagr, we're talking a record-setting hair line. Or, as PuckDucky calls it, The Flow Line.
- As I Tweeted yesterday, Ed Snider's plane was in New York (Teterboro at least) at the same time as Jagr. Conspiracy!
- Up is down, down is up. The Flyers traded Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, then signed a Russian goalie and Jaromir Jagr. I am now fully convinced that Homer is sitting pantless at his PS3, sipping Rolling Rocks and trying to glitch the system with the "override trade" option. This isn't real.
- Jagr, 39, scored 25, 22, and 19 goals, respectively, over the last three seasons playing for Omsk Avangard of the KHL. Each of those tallies came in roughly 50 game seasons.
- Per Darren Dreger, it is a $3.3 million, 1-year deal for Jagr.
- 1:34 P.M and Paul Holmgren needs a child leash.
- Jaromir Jagr has been playing hockey since before EA Sports launched their NHL series.
- I'm not even sure how to react yet. I need a minute. On one hand, Jagr has been very productive in the competitive KHL. On the other hand… Holmgren has turned Mike Richards' salary into Jaromir Jagr and Brayden Schenn. Of course, that part of it might be a positive, as well. Jagr can provide a one-year buffer zone for Schenn to reach his potential, which is supposedly equal to Richards.
- The Flyers signed Jakub Voracek to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million. Expected.
- I'm lightheaded.
- The Flyers also signed defenseman Andreas Lilja.