Flyers president Peter Luukko: 'We're not done'

Flyers president Peter Luukko: 'We're not done'

July 4, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Flyers president Peter Luukko and general manager Paul Holmgren have used the same word in recent weeks to describe what will unfold at noon on Friday when free agency opens.


Actually, if you live in Philadelphia, it’s already been a crazy offseason with the buyouts of Danny Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov, the early signing of Mark Streit and, of course, this week’s $22.5 million contractual agreement with Vinny Lecavalier, who was bought out by Tampa Bay.

“We’re not done,” Luukko understated.

Indeed, they’re not.

The Flyers still need a veteran goalie who can become the right “fit” to pair with young Steve Mason.

As of now, it appears as though Chicago backup Ray Emery is the Flyers' main target.

If they fail to get a deal done there, Evgeni Nabokov remains in the picture, as does Jaroslav Halak -- if the Flyers make a trade with St. Louis.

Given Emery’s strong ties to the Flyers -- assistant coach John Paddock had him in Ottawa -- including his solid play as a Flyer in 2009-10 and the fact Emery wants to be a No. 1, it seems he could be headed this way.

If the Flyers can somehow stretch their cap dollars correctly, they also need to fortify their defense, especially if Holmgren decides to move Braydon Coburn.

Coburn, who hails from Alberta, has been widely rumored to return to his native province with the Edmonton Oilers for two weeks now.

The Flyers and Oilers have had several discussions, even at last week’s draft, yet failed to accomplish anything.

The thing is, if Holmgren moves Coburn without an adequate replacement, he needs to be 100 percent certain Andrej Meszaros is going to be a healthy player this fall.

The feeling there is Meszaros, who has had one injury after another for over a year now, will never be the same player he once was and represents a gamble going into this season.

Around the NHL, among of the bigger names who could be on the move Friday include Daniel Alfredsson, Nathan Horton, Rob Scuderi, Tim Connolly, Ryane Clowe, Derek Roy and David Clarkson.

The goalie list? Tim Thomas tops it, but he may no longer be on the Flyers' radar.

New Jersey may be looking to move Johan Hedberg, who has become the third goalie there and odd man out with the arrival of Cory Schneider at the draft last weekend.

The Flyers remain interested in re-signing Simon Gagne, but much like how they handled Jaromir Jagr last summer, that will all depend on how much cash they have remaining when the dust settles.