Lede: Jeff Carter and Mike Richards will play for their second Stanley Cup on Friday night.
The Flyers might trade Vinny Lecavalier
I will smooch Ron Hextall on his goatee-encircled lips if he makes this happen. From TSN’s Insider Trading:
Is current Philadelphia Flyer Vincent Lecavalier soon to be an ex-Flyer?
Dreger: He’s a fourth-line forward making $4.5 million and I can’t believe that Ron Hextall is going to want to pay him that. So the word on the street is yes, Lecavalier most definitely is in play. But keep in mind that he has a no-move clause. I know that his agent Kent Hughes has already talked to Hextall about the possibility of moving his client. There are no specific teams yet, there’s no list, but if they want to move him they are going to have to go to Vinny and identify a specific place.
LeBrun: To the disappointment of many teams, one player who is not on the move is Shea Weber and I’m not sure why. For whatever reason, his name pops up all the time as a trade target. David Poile, the GM of the Predators, after the meeting on Wednesday said, “I am never trading Shea Weber.” He’s not going anywhere, they’re building their team around him…that’s the end of it.
Vinny will of course have to approve a trade, and the Flyers would likely have to eat some of his salary, but… you’re telling me there’s a chance Ron Hextall can undo Paul Holmgren? Now… about that Richards and Carter thing.
Le Fleihrs sein le vie se Pierre-Edouard Bellemare le cafe con leche
Did I do that right? From the release:
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to an NHL contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
A native of Paris, France, the 29-year-old Bellemare spent the last five seasons with Skelleftea of the Swedish Hockey League and posted 20 goals and 35 points in 52 games this past season.
He also appeared in the 2014 IIHF World Championships for France where he averaged a point per-game with three goals and five assists in eight games, including an assist and the game-winning shootout goal in a 3-2 upset victory over Team Canada on May 9 of the preliminary round.
Over parts of five seasons with Skelleftea, the 6-0, 196 pound Bellemare recorded 64 goals and 61 assists for 125 points in 238 games.
French guys are immediately at a disadvantage when they come to Philly because South Philly meathead fans just assume they’re soft. This guy will have to earn our respect, like Greg Focker RN working to win over a fickle cat. I’m sure we’ll run him out of town by 2016.
No more super secret Insider
The Flyers have parted ways with Insider Anthony SanFilippo. For two years, SanFilippo was the Flyers’ house reporter and all-around PR and marketing utility man. That position with the team has been “eliminated.” There are currently no plans to replace SanFilippo.