A few days after the Flyers' turnaround season ended, general manager Paul Holmgren said one of the club's off-season priorities was to upgrade the mobility of its defense.
Yesterday, the Flyers took a small step in that direction, acquiring Edmonton Oilers defenseman Danny Syvret for forward Ryan Potulny.
"Danny is a puck-moving defenseman who sees the ice well and will improve our depth," Holmgren said, adding that the 22-year-old Syvret (pronounced SIHV-reht) had success playing with Jeff Carter and Mike Richards at the 2005 World Junior Championships as a member of Team Canada.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Syvret could end up with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Phantoms, though the Flyers hope he shows the promise he has displayed in the minors.
"We would hope to see him play some games for the Flyers this year. He has a shot to play in the NHL at some point," Holmgren said. "I'm not sure if he's ready for full-time [duty] yet, but he moves the puck well and skates well."
Selected by Edmonton in the third round (81st overall) of the 2005 NHL entry draft, Syvret had 2 goals, 18 assists, and 43 penalty minutes in 63 games for the AHL's Springfield Falcons and Hershey Bears last season. He has just one assist in 26 regular-season NHL games over two years.
In three AHL seasons, he had 6 goals, 55 assists, and 97 penalty minutes in 182 regular-season games.
Potulny, 23, a third-round pick in 2003 draft (87th overall), had an assist in seven games for the Flyers last season. He collected 21 goals and 26 assists in 58 regular-season games with the Phantoms. Over the last three seasons, he had seven goals and seven assists in 44 games with the Flyers.
Holmgren called the trade "a deal based on needs" of both clubs.