Flyers pull a 'Hatcher' job
The Broadstreet Bullies look to return to their bruising ways, as
they sign three wide bodies on defence.
Sportsnet.ca -- The Philadelphia Flyers weren't able to lure Adam
Foote into the fold, but Bob Clarke has still managed to beef up his
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Sportsnet has learned the Flyers have agreed to multi year deals with
big defensemen, Derian Hatcher and Mike Rathje.
Both men are listed at 6'5, 235 lbs, so clearly it's the Flyers
intent to get bigger.
But Philadelphia didn't stop there, adding a third towering
defensemen in re-acquiring 6'5 Ottawa native, Chris Therien, the
Flyers seventh choice in the 1990 NHL draft.
The Flyers have called a 1pm ET media conference to unveil their
additions, with sources telling Sportsnet it will include a fourth
player in forward Jon Sim.
Hatcher is 33 and very recently became available after becoming a
casualty to the buy-out process at the hands of the Detroit Red
Wings, along with former teammates Darren McCarty and Ray Whitney.
31-year-old Mike Rathje was drafted 3rd overall by the San Jose
Sharks in 1992 and has played his entire career in San Jose.
Hatcher was injured for most of 2003-04 season, playing in just 15
games for Detroit and amassing four assists.