Snider blasts Flyers over 'pathetic' effort
The Flyers inquired about Edmonton's Jordan Eberle, but the likliness of the Oilers trading Eberle is highly unlikely. (USA Today Images)
Maybe it’s coincidence that on the day Flyers chairman Ed Snider visits Skate Zone to discuss the horrid state of the franchise, a rumor surfaces that is both intriguing and highly unlikely to happen as well.
According to one league source, the Flyers would very much like to get their hands on Edmonton forward Jordan Eberle, and made inquiries in what would obviously require multiple players heading west.
The Oilers have already dismissed the rumor as laughable because the 23-year-old is among three players general manager Craig MacTavish and others in the organization consider untouchable -- Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, being the other two.
All three have long-term, multi-million dollar contracts.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren needs to make a major trade to end what has gone from a team-wide slump to a crisis of epic proportions.
When Snider says the effort against an opponent -- New Jersey -- is “pathetic,” you can bet he is saying a lot more to the GM.
This franchise shouldn’t expect back-to-back seasons without qualifying for the playoffs, and that’s the direction the Flyers are headed.
Call-ups from the Phantoms aren’t going to solve the overall scoring problem that has existed since the playoff series against Pittsburgh ended two springs ago.
Neither is the acquisition of Steve Downie.
Which is why the Flyers need to make a major move, one of impact proportions and Eberle would fit that bill.
Of course, with a cap hit of $6 million, the Flyers would also have to move about $5 million to the Oilers.
Not gonna happen.
Realistically, the only forward the Flyers could pry from the Oilers is 30-year-old winger Ales Hemsky, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
That’s something MacTavish would bite on. The Flyers host Edmonton on Saturday too.
It’s entirely likely you’re going to hear names bandied about in the coming days involving the Flyers and other clubs.
“He’s trying everything,” one person said of Holmgren.
It’s Holmgren’s job to try and save a season that is already slipping away.
Yet that doesn’t mean he’s going to land the big marlin at the end of the day.