Just when you think the Flyers pulled off the most unprecedented move in NHL history - trading Chris Pronger's contract to Arizona - the Los Angeles Kings are trying to do something even more unprecedented.
Former Flyers captain Mike Richards is no longer a member of the Kings. This much is known. But it's how the Kings parted ways with the veteran forward that is interesting.
Instead of a traditional buyout, the Kings cited a breach of contract on Richards part, allowing them to terminate the deal instead of buy Richards out.
Two players on the 2014-15 Flyers roster were shipped out in the last 48 hours, including one on Monday afternoon in Zac Rinaldo. On the other end of the spectrum, one player's place on the Flyers was solidified.
Forward Chris VandeVelde will return to the Flyers after signing a multi-year deal, the team announced Monday evening. It is a two-year deal worth $1.425 million. VandeVelde will make $700,000 in the 2015-16 season.
Two days after his contract was traded to the Arizona Coyotes, former Flyer captain Chris Pronger was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Pronger played 18 seasons in the NHL with the Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and the Flyers.
He won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with Anaheim and also went to the Final twice, once with the Oilers in 2006 and again here in Philly in 2010. He enters the HHOF with Sergei Federov, Nicklas Lindstrom, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos and Bill Hey.
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall continued his rebuild of the Philadelphia Flyers with another deal. Zac Rinaldo, a member of the Flyers since being drafted by the team in 2008, has been traded to the Boston Bruins. The Flyers will receive a third round draft pick in return.
Bill Meltzer notes that Rinaldo does not represent a large cap hit, but the team acquires an asset in return.
Rinaldo made his Flyers debut in 2011. Hextall signed Rinaldo to a two-year contract extension back in September. So, the free agent-to-be netted the Flyers a third-round pick instead of walking away altogether. Well done, Hextall.