Multiple sources are saying that the Flyers have flown in UFA D-man Ole-Kristian Tollefsen for a physical today. If he passes, a deal will likely be worked out this week. Tollefsen, 25, has played in Columbus for the past three seasons and in the Columbus system since being drafted 65th overall by the Blue Jackets in 2002.
He's been significantly hurt by injuries over the past three seasons, though, according to The Columbus Dispatch:
In three seasons, Tollefsen played with a broken nose, busted ribs, broken hands and an overblown elbow. He played half a season with a cracked vertebra in his neck. He has had surgery to relieve pressure on a nerve in his cervical spine. He has had his knee carved, twice. He can't even begin to count the stitches.
He only played 19 games last season due to those two knee surgeries, which took place in December and April. If Homer's going to sign him, we have to take their word that Tollefsen is healthy -- he's never played more than 70 games a season in his time in the NHL, AHL or WHL.
Of course, we don't have much cap space to play around with, though if we were to sign Tollefsen, it's doubtful his cap hit would be much over the minimum. But we all know that Homer doesn't like to dress seven defensemen, even when he has the resources to do so. That means someone has to go.
The logical two to consider shopping are Randy Jones and Matt Carle, due to their high cap hits. Jones' contract is up after this season, while Carle is signed through 2011-12 with a higher cap hit, so it should be easier to trade Jones than Carle.
Anthony SanFillipo thinks Jones might be on the block (and he sounds pretty happy about it), especially since we're somewhere in the pack of teams going after Satan and Sykora. We probably wouldn't get much in return, maybe a draft pick or two, or maybe a few mid-level prospects, but given our need to dump him and his high cap hit, that's perfectly fine.
We're replacing the oft-injured Jones with another oft-injured player, but at least it'll cost us like $1.25m less.