Flyers Free Agency Madness: Running Commentary

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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: 

Didn't say it happened, but close. RT @DiHSblog: @DNFlyers @AnthonySan37 @BroadStBull can you guys give a little insight on bogus 'reports'.
7/1/11 12:39 PM

– 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:

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– 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.

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– The Flyers also signed defenseman Andreas Lilja.


– Lilja's deal is for three years for $1.7 million total.

– I wonder what Mike Richards is thinking right now…

– The Flyers have signed Max Talbot to a "multi-year" contract. Awesome…

– Paul Holmgren is apparently drunk, pantless, and raiding the Penguins' bargain bin right now. Five years, $9 million for Talbot.

– I don't know what's happening anymore. This team was two bounces away from winning the Stanley Cup in 2010. Last season, they were among the best teams in hockey and a legit contender for the Cup. Injuries and chemistry issues forced them to scuffle down the stretch. Their reaction? Fuck it, let's blow up the team.

Out: Richards, Carter, Powe, Leino, Carcillo. 

In: Bryzgalov, Schenn, Voracek, Simmonds, Jagr, Talbot, Lilja.

Head, spinning.

– Boucher signed a two-year deal with Carolina. Good for him.

– via Andrew in the comments:

– T-Mac and Wheels awkwardly react to Jagr signing:


– I've spent the last 15 minutes trying to find a good analogy for what Richards and Carter are going through right now… and I think I found it.

This is exactly like having a girlfriend – nay, fiance – break up with you and then turn into the town's biggest whore. Here you are, thinking you are going to spend the rest of your life with her, and then, BOOM, she dumps your ass just before summer. You handle it in one of two ways: retreat to the beach for some partying and head-clearing fucking, or sit lakeside at a cottage in Canada, licking your wounds.

Either way, you read about her from afar. Fucking and fucking and fucking. Not just the obvious hunk (Bryzgalov), but others. Young guys. Black guys. Old guys. Max Talbot. She fucked Max Talbot, man! It's just so hard to watch. She's enjoying herself, but is this really good for her long-term? Is fucking Jagr and Talbot (Talbot?) going to get her anywhere? The only way to handle this is by drowning your sorrows at The OD.

– The Lilja terms were wrong. He is signed to a one-year, $775k contract.

– Thanks to (@brenday_j_ryan) for this. Max Talbot is epically douchey… and can replace Richie in the WG commercials.

– E-mail from reader Dan, Lilja has a bit of a history:

In 2005, Lilja, and fellow Swedish hockey players Henrik Tallinder and Kristian Huselius were investigated on suspicion of sexual exploitation. In March 2005, all three players were suspended from the Swedish national team for one year, with Huselius and Tallinder being released by Swedish club Linköping and Lilja took a break from, but was not suspended by his Swedish club Mora for the rest of the season.[3]

Initially police had dropped their investigation two days after the initial charges on February 11, 2005 when a 22-year-old woman accused the trio of raping her on February 9, because of a lack of evidence. However, a special prosecutor reopened the case in March, leading to the suspensions.[4] Lilja and the others were cleared in June of that year after a special prosecutor ruled there was no evidence they forced the woman to have sex.


– I'm still waiting for that "Cliff Lee" type move to come. Oh, wait… It's not coming? We're out of cap space? Oh, right.


– According to Carchidi, the Flyers traded Versteeg to Florida for a 2012 or 2012 second round pick and San Jose's 2012 second round pick. You think this wasn't an attitude overhaul? You're wrong. They traded the three players most known for their partying. 

It's official. Fucking Kris Versteeg

– Moving Versteeg will free up some cap space. Could this be to pay Leino???

– Never mind. According to Bob McKenzie, Leino is going to Buffalo- six years, $27 million. Wow. That's $4.5 million per year. The Flyers reportedly offered him four years, $12 million. Big difference.

– That's way too much money for Leino. He's a nice player, but not worth that kind of money, especially for that many years. Take him, Buffalo.

Of course, the entire Costa Rica Line is now gone.

– This is hockey genocide, folks. Richards, Carter, Versteeg, Leino, Carcillo- all party boys. #differentdirection

– I just realized that every player I wrote about drinking, cavorting, and having sex this season is gone. Eradicated. Wiped out. Come on, Harts, I need you to stay strong.

– It's 4:46 and I imagine that the scene right now over at The Well is like the entire movie Network. Everyone is just yelling at each other. Postive yelling, negative yelling, yelling for no reason at all. Homer is Howard Beale, drunk and screaming that he's not going to take it anymore. Luuko keeps firing him, but Snider hires him right back because he has a high Q rating.

Darren Dreger says the Flyers are in on Brad Richards. Hang on.


– Hmm.

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Anthony SanFilippo asked the Flyers about Simon Gagne, John Madden, and Michal Handzus. They said "think bigger."

– Oh boy…

– Homer has gone full-on video game. Lots of chatter about the Flyers having a chance at Brad Richards. I'm not even sure how they got to this point. I swear to god if he pulls Richards out of his ass…

– Sources now tell me that Paul Holmgren is trying to "create a player." Luuko has informed him that real-life doesn't have that feature.

Carchidi says the Flyers are NOT in on Brad Richards, which backs up other reports.


– I've started drinking. I'm surprised it took this long, frankly. 

Howard Eskin says the Flyers were going for Brad Richards and the fall back plan is Simon Gagne.

Sarah Baicker is reporting a major trade rumor (which she won't mention), Eklund is reporting the Flyers could bring back Gagne. Doesn't look like they're done yet.

– It's 6:49 and the Flyers brass are still in Voorhees- not at The Well as was previously mentioned (fact). Holmgren has reached Jessie Spano I'm so excited level (speculation).


– Dan Carcillo has signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks. Genocide continues.

– Paul Holmgren is having a conference call at 7:45. This could be it, which is good because I'm tired and starting to get drunk.

-Holmgren said they have talked to Richards' agent and Gagne's. He will stay in the office tonight. Still look around. Conference call audio coming soon.


– A source says Stamkos could be in play, too. Oh fun. Basically, Stamkos has yet to sign with Tampa, that's concerning on their part. They've had ample time to work things out and it's still not done. Tells you a lot.

– Here's the audio for Homer's conference call. That's it for this thread. Any further updates will come in a new post.

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94 Responses

  1. Leino needs to be knocked down a few pegs, sure he broke out and made a name for himself but didn’t play great last year at times. To go from a nobody to 3 million a year is pretty f’in good.

  2. Few thoughts.
    #1) Flyers could have signed Ville Leino for <$4M at pretty much any last season, but instead chose to delay that option and sign Versteeg. Now we've effectively lost Leino and we're stuck with Kris and his $3M price tag? Talk about insult to injury! Sickening. #2) I'm not ruling out Stamkos just yet. #3) Please Flyers do not sign Jagr. #4) Am I the only one that wants Zherdev back?

  3. I would love to see Zherdev make. I completely agree with you when you say don’t get jagr. He’s too old to be playing with all of the young guys we have. He would most likely get injured because of his age.

  4. Andrew-
    1. No. Leino is demanding too much.
    2. Maybe
    3. Jagr is still quality, we all saw that at the world championships
    4. Yes

  5. @Jason The player market is like a game of high-stakes poker; there’s no need to show your hand prematurely.

  6. This is why the Hartford Whalers were the worst team in the league when Homer was the GM… he blows.

  7. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………(speechless)……………………………………………………….

  8. i believe it was a 1 year deal worth 3.3 million…essentially the money we were going to give Leino.

  9. “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.”
    This paragraph is phenomenal…

  10. and i think this will be a make or break deal for homer, hero or goat, however the fuck you want to say it. Either he will look like a genius or a total dick! WTF

  11. NHL Reports Jagr signed at 1-yr, 3.3-mil.
    Where’d 3-yr come from? Oh, its corrected now.

  12. I can’t believe my eyeballs. Someone on this board please tell me that this jagr thing is a hoax. That guy is a homo.

  13. Latest report is Homer has gotten this year’s FA scouting report from NHL ’94. Ed Snider has gone senile before our eyes and will probably make a play to resign Tony Amonte, Mikhal Renberg and Roman Vopat.

  14. God, its like Christmas… I mean, I’m assuming that everyone got socks and dress shirts for Christmas while you stared and stared at that XBOX-shaped… Err, sized… Uh… Box… Hoping that it also came with the new Call Of Duty: Let It Go To Voicemail.
    Only to find out that in that box was a hand-me-down PS2 with a copy of Paul Holmgren’s Game Of Trades, Jagr, and a hover-round in it.

  15. Uh… just hopped on the net to see whats been happening so far. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!!!

  16. Breaking News: The flyers sign Wayne Gretzky to a 1 year, 2.5 million dollar contract. More to come.

  17. @Alex: at that price. Yes. Shit signing simmonds puts us right up against the cap. Forget leino

  18. WE HAVE TO GIVE JAGR SOME CREDIT. “The 39-year-old Jagr is ninth all-time in the NHL in scoring with 1,599 points.”

  19. Well, my Erik Cole dreams are shot to shit.
    BTW, TSN is already saying Jagr would make be “great” on the first-line with Giroux and JVR. Dammit I want to cry.

  20. @Mike very true. Versteegs name is on the twitter talking about room for leino. 3.5 for 4 years should be enough… eats .5 or so of cap space after steeg is gone. not sure its anyones guess

  21. looks like Hartnell’s hair is going to get a run for its money.

  22. There has to be something to this right? RIGHT?! How does this work…we may not be able to sign simmonds and leino. Is Versteeg going? BECAUSE MY MIND IS!

  23. This move reminds me of a Bobby Clark 90’s move a la Adam oates, Paul Coffey

  24. Lilja signing is horrendous….worst decision yet. He is a nobody making more than Powe/O’donnell, etc.
    Horrible call, and Jagr deal is $0.8M-1.3M too much for the year he will play and score MAYYBE 20 goals and have 25 assists…

  25. Lilja signing is horrible move, should have just kept O’Donnell if you ask me, he already knew the team and the system….this new old big oaf will suck…dont expect shit from him, he is just taking precious cap $$.

  26. Seriously, Management couldn’t tame a couple young guns so the blow up the team. And now we have Jagr and Versteeg? What kind of fucking move is this shit? I’m going to go vomit now. Homer and Snider really fucked this team up over the past week. My god, what have they done.
    This is how I feel right now:

    Kyle, please post this video to the front page.

  27. They gave talbot 5 F’N YEARS!!! Are yuo kidding me? he better ge paid paid $50 a year for that long of a contract

  28. Oh great & that pompous pussy Ed “mr.” Snider raised ticket prices.

  29. Talbot @ $1.8M for 5 years is not bad if they expand his role and he continues to be a pest that can score…..this guy isnt terrible, and @ $1.8M he is better than Carcillo correct? Car-bomb was like a reckless kid in high school, sometime he would be smart and get away with it, most times he got caught and was in the principal’s office.

  30. The most recent post should be at the top of the timeline. C’mon Kyle, you’re better than that…

  31. I think I’m gonna watch this season the exact same way you’d watch a porno that your ex starred in.
    I can’t believe this is happening, what exactly is this shit, and, pre-whore, she was actually a very fine lady.

  32. Aaron I completely agree with you. The Talbot signing in my mind is genius. We need to get away from the guys like Car bomb who put up 150+ PIM a season. Talbot is a pest and doesn’t get the minutes plus he can score a goal or two, especially in the playoffs (where he shows up big). He is an upgrade in the role he will play for this team.

  33. just saying…. toronto’s canada day jerseys…. UGLIEST SHIT EVER! looks like a used maxi pad

  34. Mike F- wasn’t really expecting it to get that out of hand. Little late to flip it now. At least it will read as a nice commentary once this is all over.

  35. This just in… Pittsburgh has lured Chris Therien out of retirement to play on Flyers/Pens games only.

  36. If you’ve learned anything from the past few days, anything that Seravalli writes or says is complete, 100%, grade A bull shit!

  37. Mike Zeisberger of Toronto Sun tweets, “Google maps lists distance from Flyers practice rink to Atlantic City casinos at 44.2 miles. Betting Jags already knew that.”

  38. everyone acting like this team won the last 5 stanley cups? Don’t we all bitch and moan about the Eagles when they don’t win but it’s okay when the Flyers don’t win???
    We went 4-7 this postseason.
    We were a shootout away from not even making it last year. This isn’t a 115pts a year team.
    I love the moves. This team is better.

  39. no lance just no. we won the atlantic division this year and had what, 106 points?

  40. I’m not sold this team is better, Pronger, Kimmo, & Danny are all a year older, significant upgrade @ goalie but will we have enough O to replace Carter & Richie???

  41. I love all the fair-weather fans here who probably spent their summers probably hanging out in Sea Isle with Carter. I’TS A REGIEME CHANGE, IDIOTS.
    Jagr is a good thing, Lilja is the same as O’Donnell, Talbot is FUCKING FANTASTIC! Instead of being a semi-finals failure, this team now has a GREAT goaltender, a stout, solid defense and arguably the best young talent in the league! Does anyone even realize what kind of impact Jagr can have on players like Giroux, JVR & Schenn?! I’m super excited for this team now.

  42. I agree with Lance. I think everyone rated Richards wayyy too high. I loved the guy, but come on, he never won anything, yet were acting like we traded away Gretzky. And it pisses me off how Kyle puts we traded Richards for a rookie. No, we traded Richards for one of the best prospects in hockey and a sizable winger. Richards and Carter never won anything, this team has a bright future and if you’re truly a Flyers fan and know anything about hockey, you would agree. Embrace the future, forget Richards and Carter.

  43. @lance, you are way off base… we want the teams(eagles/flyers/phils) to make moves that BETTER our team, where a vast majority of the fanbase might go “you know what, sad to see richie go, but we got(insert bigtime name here)” …. we dont like these “well if this kid reaches his full potential and stays healthy and this guy exceeds expectations he might be a 3rd line player” this would be like the eagles trading maclin and mccoy to get t.o and 2009 peyton hillis…..

  44. @Adam, you obviously don’t watch hockey. Brayden Schenn has a chance to be a star in this league. And I’m sure you don’t know this either, but the pick we got in the Carter trade, Couturier, was ranked No. 1 among prospects before he got mono. If you don’t think this team is better for the future, you don’t know hockey and you don’t know the Flyers.

  45. So, if Jagr pretends that he was slashed/high sticked/punched in the face/tripped/hooked/looked at funny, am I supposed to cheer? I’ve been booin’ the guy doing this for nearly two decades… I’m confused on what I should be doin’ this next season.

  46. @flyer, and you obviously dont read well…. my example was of trading established(all though playoff absent) players for young hopefuls. You pretty much proved my point by saying “Brayden Schenn has a chance to be a star” and also “Couturier, was ranked No. 1 among prospects”… my point that i should have clarified better, was that we got better longterm, but what you are missing is that we were one or two pieces away from another run, now we might have those pieces… MIGHT… but it will take 2-4 years before they mature and by that time other areas(looking at our D, pronger and timmonen) will be well past prime and nearing 40 which is retirement for Defensemen… The message that Homer is sending is a mixed signal at best, we trade for what was 2010’s missing piece, a goalie, now we dump/lose our current talent and have a bunch of other holes… thought we were tweeking for a run, but now we look like we are total rebuild mode

  47. Alright, I must admit. Hearing how much Leino and Cole are getting now makes a lot of the commotion today more rational.

  48. Now Versteeg hits the bricks. I wouldn’t be more suprised if the next breaking news said that Mike Tyson was coming out of retirement and lacing them up for the Orange and Black.

  49. Any rumors on where Brad Richards is goin’? Last I heard the Rangers were hot and heavy for him. Also heard the rumor that Washington was in the mix.

  50. @Adam, Exactly, we needed a goalie, and in order to get one, Carter or Richards had to be moved. It ended up being both of them and they got good value in return. If we were one or two pieces away from the Cup, who would you have added? They got swept by the Bruins, if Jeff Carter lifts the puck 6 more inches, maybe they would have won the Cup. But they didn’t. You also said “we dont like these “well if this kid reaches his full potential and stays healthy and this guy exceeds expectations he might be a 3rd line player””. No one we got, if they reach their full potential, will be a 3rd line player. If everyone we got reaches their full potential, the Flyers will be the team to beat for years. You don’t know hockey, stick to watching the Eagles.

  51. Dreger is reporting that the Flames and Flyers are in the mix for Brad Richards.

  52. okay, what the hell just happened?
    Seriously, I HATE Talbot because he is a douche….even before that stupid car commercial he was a douche.
    And Jagr for 3.7 million? Because Buffalo is stupid paying Leino crazy money doesn’t mean the Flyers have to be stupid overpaying the Czech.
    Irony is the Flyers could have drafted Jagr in the 1990 entry draft but didn’t because nobody was sure he would be allowed to play in the NHL by Czechlosovokia. We took Mike Ricci instead.
    So looking back at the 1990 draft we will now have had 4 of the top 5 picks in the Orange and black at some point in their careers. Unfortunately only Primea and Ricci were worth anything when they played for us.
    Nedved, Primeau, Ricci, and Jagr were taken 2 through 5 in 1990.
    Maybe Homer can convince Owen Nolan to come out of retirement to round out the top 5 picks in the 1990 draft?

  53. I’m Mad As Hell And I’m Not Gonna Take It Anymore!

    How many reunion games are the flyers going to have next year.

  54. The real conversation…. gotta love chopping down the quotes. There was about 50% Sincerity (1st sentence) and 50% Sarcasm (the latter) right after Handzus ‘signed’:
    BroadStBull Sam Carchidi
    Get the Zus jerseys out, folks. #Flyers
    DiHSblog DiHS
    @DNFlyers @AnthonySan37 @BroadStBull can you guys give a little insight on this process? Where do you get these bogus ‘reports’.
    BroadStBull Sam Carchidi
    Didn’t say it happened, but close. RT @DiHSblog: @DNFlyers @AnthonySan37 @BroadStBull can you guys give a little insight on bogus ‘reports’.
    DiHSblog DiHS
    Wait… RT @BroadStBull Sam Carchidi Get the Zus jerseys out, folks. #Flyers — means close?

  55. Kyle – if we get Gags out of this whole thing, you have to post the Dumb and Dumber redemption clip!

  56. My god….Could this day be considered Black Friday? This is one of the worst days in Flyers free agency history that I can ever remember.

  57. I know it’s tough, but take a step back, we have an ok team, just different. Ok, but different.

  58. @Wilson, I agree. We have a new team with that old feel. Shock and awe, tearing and wearing, but we’ll get through to the other side… and maybe have a good season. A different season, maybe a more controlled season…

  59. Kyle, you should be salivating at Talbot as a Flyer. He is a French Canadian version of Carter, who just happens to also has a personality. Do some research. He will keep you entertained.

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