Saturday, June 23, 2012

What the NHL Draft wrought for the Flyers

Zipping along ... and wow, this draft's over almost before it began.
Here's a non-detailed list of the Flyers' weekend work:

1     20     (C) SCOTT LAUGHTON     OSHAWA of OHL
2     45     (G) ANTHONY STOLARZ     Goaltender; Corpus Christi (NAHL) and a Jersey Boy
3       78     (D) Shayne Gostisbehre     Union College, going to be a sophomore
4     111     (D) Fredrik Larsson     Brynas-Jr. (Sweden)
4     117     (LW) Taylor Leier     Portland (WHA)
5       171     (D) Reece Willcox    
6                     (No selection for Flyers)
7     201     (D) Valeri Vasilev



Now for the real news, the Flyers are in the conversation for Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle, but might think the price is too high for him. Penguins are very interested in the guy. Otherwise, there's a reason this Day 2 with rounds 2 through 7 took all of 2 hours, 45 seconds to complete -- a record by a longshot. It's because any and all trade talk awas held to a minimum.
It's believed no one at all approached Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and Nashville GM David Poile about trading for the rights to their respective top-shelf unrestricted free agents to be, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. And Paul Holmgren told me that while there's a lot of due diligence to continue conversations in the next week about making a trade move to fill the Chris Pronger hole on defense or in wooing a free agent, nothing substantial is likely to happen before July 1. But he does expect a bit of a frenzy on that day.

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