Did Huskins do enough in brief stint to stay with Flyers?

Did Huskins do enough in brief stint to stay with Flyers?

April 16, 2013, 2:00 pm
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With the Flyers quickly closing in on being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, these final six games mean something to players.
 
It’s not just about playing for pride, as we so often hear. It’s also about playing for a contract – either here or somewhere else next season.
 
Six forwards and three defensemen on the Flyers will be unrestricted free agents this summer.
 
Among them, is Kent Huskins, the 33-year-old journeyman blue line who joined the team on March 30 in a trade with Detroit.
 
Huskins, as coach Peter Laviolette has said several times, has played very well in eight games and has brought a calming influence on the back end where the Flyers have been devastated by injuries to Andrej Meszaros, Braydon Coburn and Nick Grossmann.
 
And now, Huskins himself, is likely done for the remainder of the season with a concussion after a blind head shot from Ryan White during Monday’s 7-3 Flyers win at Montreal (see story).
 
Huskins needed to make the most of his chance to get another contract. It remains to be seen now whether he did on short notice.
 
“Ah, yeah, definitely you could put it in that category,” Huskins said over the weekend, before being injured.
 
“I’m looking at this as an opportunity to come in and work hard. You can’t really worry about that too much. Just focus on what you are doing on a day to day basic and see what happens.”
 
The Flyers represent the sixth NHL club Huskins has played for since 2006.
 
“I have been in this position a lot during my career,” he said. “That kind of mentality has served me well. But I have not talked to them [about an extension].”
 
Huskins was part of Anaheim’s starting defensive pair with Chris Pronger in 2007 when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup.
 
It is believed Pronger put in a good word for him with general manager Paul Holmgren in March to get him to Philadelphia, much like Pronger did for Sean O’Donnell back in 2010.

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