NHL trade deadline day is upon us and Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has made his first move of the day. But it's not a trade. Instead, he decided to pluck a veteran defenseman off the waiver wire. The Flyers on Monday afternoon claimed Johnny Oduya, a 12-year veteran who has played 849 career games with New Jersey, Atlanta/Winnipeg, Chicago, Dallas and Ottawa, off waivers from the Senators team they just beat on Saturday afternoon. Oduya, who is 36 and has two Stanley Cups from the Blackhawks' glory run (2013 and 2015), brings a trusted presence to the back of the Flyers' defense. He brings with him a $1 miilion cap hit on contract that expires after this season. "It's the experience and he's a proven veteran guy in the dressing room," Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said after Monday's morning skate in Montreal prior to his team's game vs. the Canadiens Monday night. "He's an outstanding defender and he's very versatile in terms of being able to play either side.
Flyers claim D-man with Stanley Cup experience off waivers
NBC Sports Philadelphia | Feb 26