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The Tampa Bay Lightning will continue their efforts to re-sign star sniper Steven Stamkos all week, but should he remain unsigned when the market opens Friday, Stamkos could indeed be a target for an offer sheet. One team to keep an eye on is the Philadelphia Flyers. Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News offered up that possibility Tuesday.
In what looks to be a move to clear more space under the salary cap, the Flyers traded away restricted free agent Darroll Powe on Monday to the Minnesota Wild for a third-round pick in the 2013 draft. The move will likely help the Flyers re-sign newly acquired forwards Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds (from the Columbus Blue Jackets and L.A. Kings, respectively). Both received qualifying offers on Monday, along with Jon Kalinski.
The reshaping of the 2011-12 Flyers continued Monday when speedy penalty-killer Darroll Powe was shipped to the Minnesota Wild for a third-round draft pick in 2013 and Dan Carcillo was not given a qualifying offer. Powe, 26, signed with the Flyers in 2007 and quickly became a valuable asset as a third- and fourth-line checker who led the team in hits last season with 196. He also teamed with Blair Betts to form the Flyers’ top penalty-killing unit.
There may have been feelings of shock, anger and resentment when Jeff Carter discovered he had been traded by the Flyers to the Blue Jackets last week. But that was last week. “I’m in Columbus now,” Carter said. “I’m not worried about what’s going on (in Philadelphia) anymore.” It may take some time for everyone to believe the high-scoring center is over being traded suddenly to Columbus. But, on the surface at least, he’s putting on a good face.
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