While few knew what the Flyers were going to do coming into July 1st’s free agent frenzy, Paul Holmgren had a plan. The rumors that were going around had Jaromir Jagr signing with Pittsburgh or Detroit, but both teams dropped out of the bidding this morning, leaving the Jagr Sweepstakes open for business.
With the biggest shocker of the day, Holmgren signed Jagr for $3.3 million, stunning the hockey world. The 39 year old future Hall of Famer has a career 1599 points in 1273 NHL games. He’s spent the last three years playing with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. The 1999 Hart Trophy winner has played for Pittsburgh, Washington and the Rangers in 17 NHL seasons. He’s 12th all time in goals (646) and 9th in points.
Speaking of former Penguins, the team also added C Max Talbot for 5 years, $9 million. Talbot had 21 points last year in 82 games with Pittsburgh, who he has played for the last six years. In an interview with TSN, he said, “I think it is [treason to go from Pittsburgh to Philly], but it’s the right thing to do.” He also added that players have told him “how great it is to play [in Philly]” and it’s a “great chance to win, with a great fit for me.” Talbot also said he believes in the changes the team has made over the last couple weeks. He should help the Flyers’ penalty kill, which took a few hits when the team traded both Mike Richards and Darroll Powe. The team views him as a replacement of Ian Laperriere.
The Flyers weren’t done, as they dealt winger Kris Versteeg to Florida for 2nd and 3rd round picks. The move clears up abour $3 million in cap space and gives the team some much needed draft choices.
The team also added defenseman Andreas Lilja, a 36 year old defenseman had 7 points in 52 games for Anaheim last year. Lilja’s played 530 games in 10 NHL seasons with Anaheim, Detroit, Florida and Los Angeles. Lilja will fill the hole left by the departed Sean O’Donnell, who signed with Chicago earlier in the day.
The Flyers also signed RFA Jakub Voracek for $2.25m. He will be a Restricted Free Agent again next summer if the Flyers don’t extend his contract before then.
Fan favorite Brian Boucher signed with Carolina for two years and $1.9 million. He’ll likely backup Cam Ward. Ville Leino signed with Buffalo for $4.5 million over 6 years.
Here’s what the roster looks like now thanks to Capgeek.
So, what’s next for the Flyers?
The team still has RFA Wayne Simmonds to sign. Depending on if they add any more free agents, it could either mean someone else is on their way out, or could it mean Brayden Schenn starts in the AHL? Possibly; the Talbot signing says the organization is not 100% sure Schenn will be ready for a full time role as the 3rd line center. And if he shows he is ready during camp, Talbot can move to the wing, or to the 4th line.
Whatever happens, it’s been a crazy ride the last couple of weeks, and isn’t going to get any less crazier.