The Flyers have acquired Matt Niskanen from the Capitals for Radio Gudas.
Niskanen, who has a modified no-trade clause, has two years left on his seven-year deal that carries a $5.75M cap-hit. While with Washington, Niskanen never turned out the offensive production that he did in his final year in Pittsburgh, earning himself that huge deal. Since signing with the Capitals, Niskanen is tied for 38th among defensemen with 156 points (29G / 127A) in 390 games. He had eight goals and 17 assists (25 points) in 80 games a season ago.
The Flyers acquired Kevin Hayes from the Jets for a 2019 fifth-round pick.
Hayes, 27, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so the Flyers will need to sign him before July 1st. Hayes spent the first four and a half seasons of his career with the Rangers before being dealt to the Jets at least year’s trade deadline. Hayes finished the 2018-19 campaign with a career-high 55 points (19G / 36A) in 71 games. Hayes helps bolster the Flyers’ centre depth, which has taken a hit since Claude Giroux moved to the wing.
Source: Jordan Hall 06/4/19, 7:19 am EST
Patrick (upper-body) will not play on Thursday.
Patrick (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision on Thursday.
Scott Laughton moved up to the Flyers second line in the morning skate because Patrick took the session off. Patrick is questionable and listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s game.
Hart will start Saturday vs. the Hurricanes.
Elliott will start Thursday in St. Louis.
Elliott gave up three goals on 30 shots in the Flyers loss in Washington on March 24th. Elliott has started just once in the Flyers last nine games and went 3-3-0 with a 3.56 GAA and .894 SV% in March. On the season, Elliott went 5-4-1 with a 2.87 GAA and .910 SV% on the road this year.
Varone will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday.
Varone was in the lineup for the last two games, but will be replaced by Justin Bailey on Tuesday.
Bailey will be back in the Flyers lineup on Tuesday.
Bailey continues to draw in and out of the Flyers lineup, replacing Phil Varone tonight in Dallas. Bailey, who was a healthy scratch for the last three games, has one assist in 10 games this season.
Morin will be back in the Flyers lineup on Tuesday.
Morin was a healthy scratch on Sunday but will replace Radko Gudas in Dallas. Morin has no points, one shot and a minus-1 rating while averaging 11:27 TOI/gm in two games with Philadelphia this season.
Talbot will start Tuesday in Dallas.
Talbot allowed three goals on 30 shots in the Flyers 5-2 loss in Carolina on Saturday. With the Flyers out of the playoff race, they will go with Talbot again on Tuesday, likely just to get a few more looks at him as a potential backup to Carter Hart next season. Talbot is 1-1-0 while stopping 72 of the 79 shots (.911 SV%) in three appearances since joining the Flyers.
Hart will start Sunday vs. the Rangers.
Talbot will start Saturday in Carolina.
Morin will make his season debut on Wednesday.
Hart will start Wednesday vs. Toronto.
Source: Dave Isaac 03/26/19, 3:05 pm EST