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Odds and ends for July 29

July 29, 2008, 10:40 AM ET [ Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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I'm not sure how the rumor arose of the Flyers being interested in Mats Sundin, but I'd be utterly shocked if there's anything to it. While Sundin can still help any NHL club, Philadelphia is set at center and is already over the salary cup until Mike Rathje and Derian Hatcher go on LTIR at the start of the season.

The only significant 2007-08 salary cap juggling the Flyers may do at this point would be tied to a trade, not an effort to fit in another big salary at a position where the club is already deep.


The first annual Cote Carnival to benefit the Multiple sclerosis Association of America has been rescheduled under the Flyers' auspices.

Date: Sunday August 17, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Swanky Bubbles, Cherry Hill, NJ

Admission cost:

$50 Adults (21 years and older)
$20 Under 21 years old

Admission covers food, drinks and entertainment. In addition to host Riley Cote, there will be appearances by other current Flyers and alumni. Events include autograph signings (additional donation required), silent auctions and raffles.

To order tickets, click here.


Martin Grenier, who played the last two seasons with the Phantoms and briefly appeared with the Flyers during the 2006-07 season (who didn't appear at some point during that season of horrors?) has signed a contract with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Continental Hockey League. The 6-foot-5, 245 pounder figures to be among the penalized players in the league if he stays in the lineup.

Meanwhile, two other players from that revolving door 2006-07 Flyers roster have been involved in KHL news. Alexei Zhitnik has signed a tryout contract with Dynamo Moscow. The 35-year-old veteran of 1,035 NHL games has been unable to generate much interest around National Hockey League clubs.

Reports from Russia last week claimed that Mike York (easily one of the Flyers' biggest disappointments from 2006-07) had signed with Sibir Novosibirsk but the player subsequently signed a two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

York's agent, George Bakos, told the Columbus dispatch that his client never signed a contract with Sibir but had been approached with "offers from two Russian clubs."
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