Updates on the Flyers & Capitals – September 29, 2013.

Could the Flyers still trade a defenseman? Could the Capital make a trade before the season opens?

CSNPHILLY.COM/PHILLY.COM: reported the Philadelphia Flyers have placed defenseman Bruno Gervais and forward Adam Hall on waivers. If they clear today, they’ll be demoted.  By placing Marc-Andre Bourdon on LTIR (who cleared waivers last week), the Flyers would then become cap compliant.  It would also ensure Hal Gill (who’s on a training camp tryout) a roster spot to open the season.

Avalanche shopping forward John Mitchell?

Avalanche shopping forward John Mitchell?

Both sites reports on the possibility of the Flyers trading one of their veteran defensemen, noting reports out of Denver of the Avalanche trying to move center/winger John Mitchell. CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio wondered if the Avalanche would have interest in Andrej Meszaros, as they have the cap space to take on his $4 million salary. Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi, however, reports as of Saturday night the two clubs had not held talks.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals GM George McPhee admitted trade talks have picked up around the league. Though he’s received a couple of call, McPhee said he doesn’t know if he’ll make a trade.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An unusually quiet Sunday rumor-wise before the start of the new season, probably because most teams are focused instead on the waiver wire before making their final roster decisions by tomorrow’s afternoon deadline.

By the sound of things,the Flyers aren’t under any real pressure to trade a player. If worse comes to worse, they simply make a “paper transaction” by demoting Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn for one day (they’re exempt from waivers this season), place Chris Pronger on LTIR, then recall the duo the following day.

The Avs could find a taker for Mitchell before tomorrow afternoon, but it doesn’t appear the Flyers are interested. For that matter, the Avs don’t seem interested in Meszaro or any high-salaried defensemen. While they have lots of cap space, they’re operating under their own cap ceiling, which is considerably lower than the league’s.

As for the Capitals, if promising prospect Tom Wilson doesn’t make the final cut, they won’t have to free up any cap space to take on his salary and become cap compliant.


  1. For the life of me I can’t understand the Avs neglecting their defence so much. Not that Mezaros is the answer. Just adding a couple of NHL caliber down would make them competitive. A Liles, Fistric, Gill and hainsey would of all come cheap

    • I feel the same way. Offence is for regular season, defense and goaltending is for playoffs. They probably will be in the top 8 teams for goal scoring this year, but I bet they’re out of the playoffs in round 1 if they make it due to their lack of Quality D

    • Hal Gill? He stinks.

  2. To clarify cheap I mean no impactful assets going the other way and they have so much cap room

  3. What, no leaf talk? This is insane! They traded Joe! He was the future of the franchise! They should have traded those bums Phil and dion instead! They won’t even win a single game now this year with that kind of thinking! Sheesh…

    • Oh, my bad. There is leaf talk. One was mentioned in the first post…

    • Sad to see Joe thrown under the bus.

      Another great Burke move. Gets Joe for NOTHING!

      All you Joe haters…he will bite you in the ass I can guarantee it.

      Nonis= NONSENSE! Terrible GM!

      • WOW!!

        What have you been watching ???
        No offense…….. but Joe is no Offence either …doesn’t hit for his size and never mad an impact in any way to warrant him staying ..its been a 3 year deal with him and its just not working out hes better to fit in with a growing Flames Team instead he will do Ok there but I dont see him as NHL material !

        He is a dime a dozen type player !

    • LMAO at face of the franchise! Kadri is 100x more of a franchise player than Colborne

      • It was supposed to be sarcastic…

  4. As per Bob McKenzie’s tweets:

    OK, those were some notables on waivers. Here’s the complete list: Finley BUF, Jones CGY, Smith CGY, Bickel NYR, Mashinter NYR, Powe NYR…

    T Smith TOR, Bodie TOR, Holzer TOR, MacIntyre TOR, Brennan TOR, Stanton CHI, Rechlicz WSH, Crabb FLA, Robak FLA, Yonkman ANA, Kearns SJ…

    McCarthy SJ, Pelech SJ, Tyrell TB, Angelidis TB, Taormina TB, Janssen NJ, R Hamilton EDM, Larsen EDM, N Johnson BOS, Terry CAR, Emmerton DET

    Ebbett PIT, Connor PIT, Street CGY, Liles TOR, Cormier WPG, Pardy WPG, Schultz LA, Desbiens COL, Sulzer BUF. That’s all, folks.

  5. why was adam hall placed on waivers? he is a good strong forward that has a bit of flyers bully in him.

  6. Wow, TBL send Drouin back to London Knights. Stupid move!

    • *Drouin back to the Halifax Mooseheads

  7. Frazer McLaren placed on Injured Reserve

    • What exactly does that do? Serious question… It doesn’t clear his cap does it? Thought only LTIR did that…

      • if im not mistaken the cap hit remains however while on injury reserve the team can be over the cap equal to or lesser than the injured players value with out penalty.
        once player is removed from IR team must then become cap compliant.

        LTIR removes players salary from cap hit ( LTIR usually means player is lost for most if not all of season ) and team can deal accordingly while staying cap complient freeing up injured players salary from said cap hit

  8. joe colborne and nonis were out of options.

    he was not motivated in camp and looked average AT BEST when playing AHL level rosters.
    either he was put on waivers and claimed with no compensation, traded for a low round pic ( which did happen ) or made the opening day roster and took the place of carter ashton or potentially morgan rilley who were both leaps and bounds stronger and more noticeable in camp.

    this kid has the skill and the size and chose not to learn and develop in the minors as others have ( see Broll and Ashton ) and has been given every opportunity to succeed at this level.

    at this point i say good bye and good luck and make the most of your career in the flames farm system