Defensive Depth: Philadelphia Flyers Sign Lukas Krajicek

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IJanuary 30, 2010

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 04: Lukas Krajicek #2 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 4, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Paul Holmgren said that he was looking to upgrade his defense when the opportunity presents itself rather than looking to acquiring another goal scorer.

Holmgren has been looking around the league for a defenseman that could replace either Oskars Bartulis or Ole-Kristian Tollefsen as the Flyers sixth blue liner, but hasn't been able to persuade any other team to trade away a valuable defenseman.

On Saturday, Holmgren was able to find a defenseman who can provide an upgrade over Bartulis or Tollefsen while not costing the Flyers any players in return or a cap hit any larger than the hits of Bartulis and Tollefsen.

The Flyers have signed Lukas Krajicek according to TSN.

Krajicek became a free agent on Friday after the Tampa Bay Lightning placed him on unconditional waivers. After he cleared, Tampa terminated his contract, allowing him to sign with the Flyers.

To make room for Krajicek, the Flyers sent forward Mika Pyorala to Adirondack to get him some playing time. Pyorala hasn't played since Jan. 14 against the Maple Leafs.

In 23 games this season with the Lightning, Krajicek had four assists as a minus-4.

Krajicek will give Peter Laviolette another option to try as the Flyers fifth or sixth defenseman after it has become clear that Bartulis and Tollefsen can not be the team's bottom six defensive pair.

The Flyers will continue to look for another defenseman in the trade market, but with the current cap situation an team's unwillingness to deal, Holmgren may have a tough time finding a dance partner.


Squashing Souray to the Flyers

Some people believe that the Flyers are interested in the services of Sheldon Souray, who plays for the Edmonton Oilers. Souray is willing to waive his no-trade clause according to reports, but his contract is one too pricey for Philadelphia.

In order to make room for Souray and his awful contract, the Flyers would have to part ways with one of their star players to make the money fit. Considering the Flyers will not trade Jeff Carter or Mike Richards, and Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere and Simon Gagne all have no-trade clauses, a trade that brings Souray to Philadelphia will not happen.

In simple words, the Flyers cannot afford Souray nor will they part ways with any of their core players to acquire a defenseman they don't need. It's not happening.

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