NHL Daily: Torts Hints at Flyers Shakeup; Fla. Slips Ahead of Penguins
Step right up, NHL teams. The Philadelphia Flyers are going to be selling players this offseason.
No, it won’t be a fire sale, according to interim general manager Danny Briere. But it is imperative to shed some big contracts so this rebuild can be done correctly.
“For me, the next step with this organization is that you don’t start adding players until you subtract players,” coach John Tortorella said on Monday. “I think there needs to be some subtraction. Those will be in discussions at the end of the year.”
Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, Rasmus Ristolainen, Tony DeAngelo, and Kevin Hayes are among the players expected to be in trade discussions.
All won’t be dealt. But don’t be surprised if two of them have new addresses next season.
The Flyers have 13 games remaining, starting with Tuesday’s matchup with surging Florida. The Panthers beat Detroit on Monday, 5-2, and increased their point streak to seven games (6-0-1). They also inched ahead of Pittsburgh — a 2-1 loser to visiting Ottawa — for the last wild-card spot.
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Philly Hockey Now: John Tortorella says the Flyers need to subtract some players. It should be an interesting summer. Philadelphia Flyers.
Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers recalled defenseman Egor Zamula from the Phantoms. Let the rebuild begin. Philadelphia Flyers.
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Florida Hockey Now: The Panthers continued their roll and they whipped Detroit, 5-2. Aleksander “Sasha” Barkov became the all-time leading scorer in franchise history. Florida Panthers.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins lost their fourth straight and fell out of a playoff spot with their 2-1 loss to Ottawa. Pittsburgh, which surrendered a late power-play goal, lost despite a 49-21 shots domination. Pittsburgh Penguins.
LA Hockey Now: The Kings tied Vegas for first place in the Pacific Division with an 8-2 victory over Calgary. Former Flyer Zack MacEwen had an assist and was plus-2 for Los Angeles. Los Angeles Kings.
Washington Hockey Now: Star defenseman John Carlson is close to returning to the Capitals’ lineup. Washington Capitals.
Boston Hockey Now: Looking for an offbeat story? Former Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is running the Boston Marathon for charity. Boston Bruins.