Flyers sign D Lukas Krajicek
It wasn’t the most usual route to acquiring a player, but Paul Holmgren picked up a defenseman that he so desperately needed. Tampa Bay re-signed Krajicek on July 1st, and then it all went south from there. In December, he was placed on waivers, cleared, and was sent to the AHL Norfolk Admirals. Last week, he left the minor league club without an explanation, allowing the Lightning to put him on unconditional waivers; once he cleared those, his contract was terminated with the club, making him an unrestricted free agent.
In comes Paul Holmgren. Knowing his defensive woes due to injuries and performance, Holmgren has been trying to find a trade partner. With no such luck thus far, the Flyers signed the 26 year old defenseman yesterday. The 6’3, 205 pound Czech played in 23 games with the Lightning this year, only picking up one assist and being a -4. He is in his 7th season, playing for the Panthers, Canucks and Lightning for a total of 301 games.
According to the Daily News’ Frank Seravalli, Krajicek was in Philadelphia yesterday, but did not play or dress. He also accompanied the team on their charter flight to Calgary for tommorow night’s game. He will wear #2, last worn by Derian Hatcher.
We learned yesterday that Flyers center Mika Pyorala was sent down to the AHL Adirondack Phantoms during yesterday’s game. As we learned later with the Krajicek signing, it had to do with making a roster spot available for the new defenseman, but also giving Pyorala some playing time.
What does this mean for Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and Oskars Bartulis? Well, at the moment, one of those two will be sitting out Monday’s game and for the forseeable future. Bartulis may be sent down to the Phantoms to work on his game, as he has a 2-way contract. As for when Ryan Parent and Danny Syvret come back, the Flyers will have a lot of choices for their third pairing.