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It has not been a kind offseason for the Philadelphia Flyers. After offering upwards of $350 million in new contracts to marquee free agents, all of their offers have been rebuffed… Or matched. Now, to add injury to insult, the Flyers will have to scramble to fill another hole.
Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros tore his Achilles’ tendon last week while training in his native Slovakia. The injury could see Meszaros miss all of the upcoming regular season and possibly the playoffs too. The Flyers have already lost Matt Carle to free agency, and likely Chris Pronger to post concussion syndrome. Without the acquisitions the Flyers hoped for in Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, their defense is even thinner than first thought. There are still a couple of players available in free agency and maybe even via trade, but none will have the impact that Weber would have. Andrej Meszaros had surgery to repair the Achilles’ tendon earlier this week in Philadelphia.
In the meantime, the Flyers locked up their own free agent defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon. Bourdon got significant playing time this season with the Flyers because of injury and turned in a solid rookie campaign. While terms were not immediately available, Philly.com reports that the deal is for 2 years and $1.225 million.
The Flyers also signed their first round draft pick Scott Laughton to an entry level contract.
While most big name free agents are off the board at this point, Phoenix Winger Shane Doan has yet to make a decision. The Flyers are believed to have offered the 36 year old winger a deal, but reports this week suggest that the interest is not reciprocal. While Doan has maintained his desire to stay in Phoenix all along, all signs point to him signing with the New York Rangers. The Rangers also recently acquired winger Rick Nash from Columbus, strengthening a team that dominated the Flyers last season.
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Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros has undergone surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon and is out indefinitely.
Meszaros was injured last week during summer training in Slovakia, and had surgery in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement.
Meszaros missed 20 games last season and the first 10 of Philadelphia's 11 postseason games....
According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News, the New York Rangers are a favorite to land Phoenix Coyotes’ Shane Doan. “The Rangers’ strengths include their formidable roster but also Doan’s connections with their coaching staff: Assistant GM/assistant coach Jim Schoenfeld coached Doan for two seasons in Phoenix (1997-98 and 1998-99), with John [...]
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As if we aren't sick to death of the Shane Doan rumors, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean adds fuel to the fire by reporting Nashville Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz has been speaking to Doan.“I’ve been in contact with Shane Doan almost a month now. I keep in contact with him,” Trotz said. “To be quite honest I hope everything gets resolved in Phoenix and he retires as...
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros has undergone surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday. This in another blow to the Flyers defense. Captain Chris Pronger, who is still suffering post-concussion symptoms, may not be back anytime soon, and they lost Matt Carle via free agency to the Tampa Bay Lightning this...
Here we go again, per the Phoenix Business Journal’s Mike Sunnucks (via the Sporting News):
The perpetually on-again, off-again saga regarding the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team is on again. Prospective Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison has brought investment money and partners back into the fold and could soon close on the purchase of the team from the National Hockey League...
David Pollak at the Mercury News reports that a well-placed source advised him that Shane Doan's camp is looking for a four-year deal. And because of that, the San Jose Sharks are officially out of the Doan sweepstakes.Meanwhile, Pat Leonard at the Daily News notes that Doan's agent recently confirmed that his client has received a four-year, $7 million per year offer from...
Sunday Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported that free agent forward Shane Doan cut his list of destinations to three teams, Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers and Vancouver. This is obviously concerning for some Wings fans who were still holding out hope that Holland would continue to make a pitch for the veteran forward.
However according to Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business...
After landing the player they have wanted for a long time in Rick Nash, the New York Rangers might be at it again, this time with UFA Shane Doan.
In last weekend’s New York Post, Larry Brooks wrote the following:
Depth has been compromised. Dependency on young Chris Kreider and Carl Hagelin to accelerate the learning curve is not insignificant. If the season starts on or close...
News came out this morning that Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros will be out indefinitely. Mez had successful surgery on his right achilles tendon.
Meszaros will be out indefinitely, more to come.
The Rangers top six (health allowing) looks a lot more intimidating these days, thanks to Rick Nash’s arrival. It’s amazing what one addition can do to change people’s perceptions. That said, the Rangers continue to be linked with Shane Doan and on the right deal he’d be another welcome upgrade but Doan is a mistake waiting to happen.
The arrival of a declining but still...
A day after the news of Andrej Meszaros being out indefinitely, the Flyers made a small splash today. The Flyers have announced today, the signings of defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon, and the 2012 first round pick Scott Laughton.
Bourdon was signed to a multi-year contract, while Laughton was signed to an entry level contract. Bourdon will likely see some time in the NHL this season...
What do Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Zach Parise, Gary Suter, and Shane Doan have in common? Besides being NHL superstars, the Buffalo Sabres weren’t mentioned as serious contenders to land any of them.
Joe Pinzone of Buffalo Wins thinks he knows why, and so do I. In episode 4 of our 5-part audio series, we each give one main reason why the goal of Terry Pegula to make Buffalo...