There is some speculation out there this morning (and last night) that the Flyers are attempting to move Simon Gagne and his $5.25 million cap hit so they have some room to address other things on their roster; Things like goaltending, and Marty Turco's name is omnipresent in the rumors. As a Stars fan and someone who watches mainly Western Conference hockey, I think we could be happy for Marty in Philadelphia, and at the same not worried that he's going to come back to bite us in our "behinds" like he could with San Jose.
The bad news in all of this is that the Los Angeles Kings are angling to get Gagne, and depending on who you listen to Kovalchuk as well. And a veteran defenseman. The Kings are going all out to add nice pieces to their already dangerous team.
According to several reports stemming from Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Kings are the front runners to acquire Gagne, who has a cap hit of $5.25 million.
The Kings are still very much involved in talks with unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk and would like to add a veteran defenseman to the blueline.
The Flyers would like to free up additional cap space to address other areas on the roster, and speculation continues to link Philadelphia to free agent goalie Marty Turco.
Hockeybuzz.com first reported that the Flyers had asked Gagne to waive his NTC.
It is believed the Flyers would deal the 30-year-old to Los Angeles.
The intent here appears to be to clear $5 million off the Flyers' cap so they can re-open talks with goalie Marty Turco and have enough cash left to re-sign both Dan Carcillo and Darroll Powe.
The rationalization behind the deal appears to be so the Flyers can clear enough salary cap space to sign restricted free agents Darroll Powe and Dan Carcillo and to sign another, higher-priced goalie.
I spoke with someone who knows former Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco really well and was I was told "Turco really wants to go to Philly."
"I spoke to some who knows Marty Turco..." That's a bit much, so take it with a grain of salt. At this point though, I'm sure Marty would love to go anywhere so it's probably true. I got that from a guy who saw Turco once at a restaurant.
I say: Go east, Marty. Go east and have fun.