NHL Notebook: Will Flyers pursue Iginla?

NHL Notebook: Will Flyers pursue Iginla?
February 3, 2013, 9:00 am
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This is a lockout-shortened season.
Short seasons mean short-term solutions to problems that will end quickly once 48 games are gone.
Going into Saturday’s game against Carolina, the Flyers couldn’t buy a goal. Even strength or on the power play.
It remains to be seen whether what transpired against the 'Canes snaps the Flyers out of their slump or whether it was a mere aberration.
They need veteran scoring help and general manager Paul Holmgren has been sniffing around for more than a week now, sources said.
What about Jarome Iginla? He’s 35, but he’s still a bonafide NHL scorer, a guy who has scored 31 or more goals for 11 years in the league.
And here’s the thing: he won’t cost you Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn or Claude Giroux.
Bobby Ryan would cost you one of those three.
The Flyers can’t afford to mortgage their future, but they could part with a prospect they just sent back to junior in Scott Laughton.
That would likely get you Iginla.
Again, we’re talking about a legit scorer, who can have an immediate impact while also lending valuable years of veteran leadership experience in the dressing room. Iginla makes sense.
Now here’s the rub. He has a $7 million cap hit and the Flyers have roughly $1.5 million in cap space.
They would have do something drastic, such as LTIR Chris Pronger and Matt Walker to afford Iginla.
Yet given the scoring concerns on this club, Holmgren has to make a move for a scoring winger if he can.
Let’s be honest here. The Flyers had no Plan B or C this summer once they swung and missed on Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Shea Weber.
Ruslan Fedotenko is not Jaromir Jagr or even James van Riemsdyk, right now.
And we’re not even going to get into how Luke Schenn and Bruno Gervais fail to match up to Chris Pronger and Matt Carle.
The banged-up Flyers need to do something.
It’s likely Holmgren sees how these three games this week unfold before making a major move.
Lucky for him
It could have been far worse for Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.
Like a full dislocated shoulder with structural damage. Instead, he suffered a partial dislocation and could miss two weeks.
“After the MRI we got news that there’s no structural damage or anything like that, so it’s just a matter of a little bit of rehab, getting treatment and then getting back at it,” Callahan told reporters this week.
He fell on his shoulder behind the net during a tussle with Flyers forward Max Talbot on Tuesday. They were going to fight. When Talbot realized what happened, he backed off.
Talbot said he actually heard Callahan’s shoulder “pop.”
“I don’t know exactly how [it happened],” Callahan said. “We were pushing and pulling on each other, and it just got caught in the wrong position and it happened. It was just unlucky I guess.”
He’s never had this injury before.
“I knew something was wrong and I had to get off the ice and get it looked at,” Callahan said. “That’s why I skated off like I did, because I knew something was going on there.”
The Rangers’ forward wasn’t surprised Talbot dropped the gloves on him.
“No I don’t think that had anything to do with my injury at all,” he said. “He dropped his gloves, I dropped my gloves and it went from there.”