The Stanley Cup playoffs may not be over but that doesn’t mean we can’t be inundated with countless Flyer trade rumors.
If you’ve had your ear to the ground over the past week or so you have inevitably heard the rumblings that Canucks star goalie Roberto Luongo could be available considering he is a free agent after next season and Vancouver isn’t likely to be able to bring him back. This has of course led to some rumors that the Flyers may be interested in picking him up, assuming the price is right.
Interestingly enough Luongo isn’t the only goalie the Flyers may be looking at. Via the Courier Post Online “Flyer Files”:
“The latest trade rumors involving the Flyers have either Danny Briere or Joffrey Lupul and a top prospect (either James Van Riemsdyk, Luca Sbisa or a 2009 first-round pick) headed to Montreal for goaltender Carey Price and the rights to defenseman Mike Komisarek, who will be unresitricted on July 1. If Briere is included, he would need to lift his no-trade clause to make it happen.
Price has a cap hit of $2.2 million. Komisarek could command about $5 million.
Another trade rumor has the Flyers interested in obtaining goaltender Roberto Luongo and perhaps the rights to UFA defenseman Mattias Ohlund from the Vancouver Canucks for a similar package, although the Canucks are pushing hard for Jeff Carter. Luongo is entering the final year of a contract that carries a $6.75 cap hit, while Ohlund is likely to fetch $5 million in the open market.”
Carey Price?!? If the guy couldn’t cut it because of the pressure of playing in Montreal what makes the Flyers think he could handle the Philly fans and media? Granted he is only 21 and likely will only improve from here on out. But is he really that much of an upgrade over Martin Biron? Let’s take a look at the numbers, shall we?
Carey Price ’08-’09 Regular Season Stats
52 GP, 23-16-10, 2.83 GAA, .905 S%, 1 SO
Martin Biron ’08-’09 Regular Season Stats
55 GP, 29-19-5, 2.76 GAA, .915 S%, 2 SO
Price wasn’t any better in the playoffs either, considering his save percentage topped .900 in just one game as the Habs got swept by the B’s. However he has shown signs of developing into a number one goalie, particularly during the first half of last season where he went 16-5-5 with a 2.35 GAA and a .919 save percentage (his second half was somewhat less impressive…7-11-5, 3.37, .891…yikes!) Basically, the only way I do this trade is if I can dump Briere’s insane contract on the Habs without having to give up any of our young prospects (including JVR and Sbisa.) Otherwise, unless we can get Komisarek for cheap I would steer clear of Carey.
The Luongo/Ohlund rumor is much more appealing from an Orange and Black perspective. Not only would the Flyers be getting a proven, world-class goalie but they’d also get a big puck-moving defenseman to shore up their D. If it took Jeff Carter, Joffrey Lupul, and a high draft pick to get this done I wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger if I were Paul Holmgren, but if I could throw in Gagne instead of Carter that would be even better. Let’s face it; chances are we won’t be able to keep all these forwards and still stay under the cap over the next few seasons, so why not make a big move to fill two areas of need while losing a few players we wouldn’t even be keeping in the long run anyway?
If the Flyers managed to get Luongo, even without the rights to Ohlund included in the deal, they would undoubtedly have to be considered the favorites to win the East next season, so let’s hope something comes of this over the next few weeks unlike some other offseason rumors involving a certain big-name player coming to Philly.**cough**Anquan Boldin**coughcough**