Flyers overpay for Cleary

How much? Flyers add Dan Cleary.

Paul Holmgren has done something I never thought he would do again, surprise me. Several of his trades I have been dubious about but not since the day he sent Mike Richards packing have I been surprised with his flamboyant trades and signings.

According to Dan Cleary will be signing in Philly:

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reported Monday night that the veteran left wing will sign a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers worth an average of $2.75 million per year. The deal is not expected to become official until the end of the month, according to St. James.

Now there are several elements about this deal that I do not like but I could go on forever. Instead I have broken down the four most prominent issues I have with the deal to try and understand Holmgren’s rationale.

  1. Not re-signing Simon Gagné. 
    As a result of signing Cleary Holmgren has ended any chance of the Flyers re-signing Gagné for next season. Not only a fans favorite, Gagné re-found his form on the ice scoring in his first game returning from the LA Kings. Gagné is a better offensive player who the players and fans both look up to.
  2. The cap hit.
    $2.75 a year is too much money. If this was a bargain end of window deal then this article would have a completely different feel. This deal puts the Flyers further over the cap hit and means that they will have to dump salary somewhere. Andrej Meszaros would be my first choice but that brings us onto my next point.
  3. Another forward at the expense of defense?
    With the Flyers needing to add speed on the blueline Dan Cleary’s arrival will likely mean the salary dump of a defenseman. The Flyers struggled getting the puck out of their zone last season and trading an injury prone PMD for a 3rd line winger with dodgy knee’s makes no sense. Meszaros’ trade value can only rise and Holmgren will get very little if anything in return for Meszaros or whoever he chooses to trade.
  4. 3 years?!
    I can only assume that Holmgren forgot that he has used his buy-outs this season as this is the only logical explanation for giving Cleary a 3 year contract. Luckily it’s not another 35+ contract; $2.75m is an over-payment especially for 3 years.

I could add several other reasons but these are the main four that came to mind. Cleary is a good locker room guy and will add some grit to the 3rd line with Sean Couturier. I truly hope that Holmgren knows something that other Flyers fans don’t and proves me wrong.


Flyers Add Defensive Depth with Manning


Yesterday, the Flyers signed restricted free agent defenseman Brandon Manning to a one-year, two-way contract. CSN Philadelphia reports it is worth $675,000.

I like the way that Manning has stepped his game up in the 6 games that he played for the Flyers last season and he has been rewarded with a new contract.

With the Flyers drafting high on defense this season it is great to see them tie up some of their current younger defenseman on an ageing blueline.

Manning is only 23 and has a good level of experience with the Phantoms playing 65 games last season posting 40 points (12 G, 28 A) with 216 PIM.

With all the injury worries of last season’s defense, Philly are smart to make sure they have depth needed. If likely candidate for injury “paper thin” Andrej Meszaros or anyone else from defense gets hurt, Manning should be able to plug the hole. Let’s hope he kicks on from last season and makes a case for himself in training camp!

Flyers add fight to front office with Hextall!


The Flyers added some fight to the front office today by bringing back Ron Hextall as Assistant GM and director of hockey operations. (

“I’m really pleased we were able to do this,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgrem said. “To me, [Hextall] is probably the most highly thought-of guy in the League who is not a general manager. To add him to our staff is just huge.”

Hextall’s contract at LA has ended and I am sure all like myself most Flyers fans were surprised to see Hextall return not as GM. LA fans will not be happy loosing Hextall in what is essentially a lateral move.

This is smart from Snider who can now bring Hextall through as Holmgrem’s long term replacement. However if things don’t go to plan this move will allow Holmgrem to be moved around rather than fired with Hextall waiting in the wings.

Welcome back to Philly Ron, now Flyers fans can really say our front office is harder than yours!

Bergeron, give a lung and get a contract!


Today it has been announced that the Bruins have made their most important signing this off-season so far. Patrice Bergeron has been re-signed to an 8-year contract reportedly at $6.5 million.

“It would mean a lot,” Bergeron said on July 2. “That’s the goal since the beginning. It’s the team that believed in me when I was 18 and I was coming up. Now, it’s my home. I feel like it is. I love the city. I love the people. I definitely love the organization. It would mean a lot to me. Hopefully we can work something out.”

Bergeron had an unforgettable post season scoring 9 goals whilst playing with a monstrosity of injuries even for hockey player come playoff time. NHL players are known to play through the pain, but there are few that would have played with a fractured rib, torn rib cartilage, a separated right shoulder and worst of all a punctured lung! Now that is literally putting your body on the line for the team and nobody can question Bergeron’s passion and commitment to the Bruins.

This will also mean another 8 years of Bergeron causing havoc in the faceoff circle, after last year stamping his authority as the best in the league with a win percentage of 62.1%.

Bergeron also took home the Selke trophy in 2013 (which he also took home in 2012) awarded to the best defensive forward. He was also awarded the King Clancy award which is presented to the player who shows the best leadership qualities on and off the ice.

Bergeron is a shinning role model to the younger players coming through the franchise, who will be rubbing there hands at the opportunity to learn from arguably the best 2-way forward in the world.

With one Stanley Cup won and this seasons heartbreak in the Stanley Cup Finals there is no doubt Bergeron will be hunting another one, even if he has to discharge himself from hospital again! – Bill Meltzer – Meltzer’s Musings: Are Flyers Finally Turning a Corner in D Development? – Bill Meltzer – Meltzer’s Musings: Are Flyers Finally Turning a Corner in D Development?

Great article by Bill Melzer, one of the best sports writers about Philly sports.

Whether the Flyers can bring through their defensive players as well as their forwards will be interesting to watch.

Flyers fans will be happy that they have not traded their draft picks and can start the process of rebuilding that prospect pool.

Flyers sign Mark Streit for 4 Years 5.25/YR

4 years is a long contract but the Flyers needed a PMD so welcome to Philly Mark.

Maybe a bit of an over payment, but this has allowed the Flyers to keep their young forwards in place without loosing one to trade.

Only time will tell if this move proves to be a good one or not?

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Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 191
Shoots: Left
Born: Dec 11, 1977 (Age 35)
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Acquired: Signed by NYI as free agent 7/1/08
Drafted: MTL / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 9th (262nd overall)