After an underwhelming half-season with the Philadelphia Flyers that included a four-game suspension, Harry Zolnierczyk is on his way westward, as the Anaheim Ducks have taken on his contract in exchange for forward Jay Rosehill.
Rosehill hasn’t played an NHL game this year, spending time with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals where he amassed four goals, eight points and 90 PIMs across 33 games.
This gets one less offensively challenged player off the team, while sustaining the grit and edge Harry Z provided on any given night. While fans may miss some of Zolnierczyk’s more aggressive style of play, youngster Zac Rinaldo has cemented his role as the wrecking ball in the Orange and Black, but has a penchant for suspensions.
There is no word on if Rosehill will join the team when they play at home against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Same goes for the Ducks, as their stacked roster doesn’t need to make any moves while they continue along their playoff-bound season.
With little to no money left under cap, the Flyers can’t afford any gigantic moves. While they would have loved to land big-time D-men like Douglas Murray or Jay Bouwmeester, they don’t have the cash this year or going forward, until injured players get sorted out and/or UFAs get re-signed at the end of the year. If the Flyers are going to make any more moves before Wednesday’s trade deadline, expect them to be small in nature like this deal. Unless they can convince the injured Daniel Briere to waive his no-move clause (and also convince a team to take the currently concussed playoff wizard), they just don’t have the financial power needed to make a big push before the postseason.