Monday, July 1, 2013

Newbury acquired 7/1

The Adirondack Phantoms lost an elite puck-moving American Hockey League defenseman on Monday, but are poised to receive something they desperately needed in return.

A bona fide AHL scorer.

The Philadelphia Flyers traded Danny Syvret to the New York Rangers in exchange for center Kris Newbury, a top-line AHL power forward who has netted 60-plus points in three straight seasons.

The straight-up exchange was announced by the Flyers on Monday evening.

Newbury, 31, has amassed 142 goals, 439 points and 1,332 penalty minutes in a 599-game AHL career. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder is one of just two AHL players to net 60 or more points in each of the past three AHL seasons. The other, T.J. Hensick, has signed a contract to play the upcoming season in Sweden.

The Phantoms haven’t had a 60-point scorer on their roster since Jon Matsumoto netted 62 points in 2009-10. They only scored 182 goals last season, the lowest total in the 17-year history of the franchise.

The trade doesn’t necessarily guarantee Newbury will spend the coming season in Glens Falls.

He still has to clear waivers before he can be assigned to the AHL, but he projects as a bottom-six forward in the NHL. An NHL club would want to keep him on its roster at the start of the season. He has recorded just four goals, nine points and 132 penalty minutes in his 72-game NHL career.

However, Newbury didn’t come to the Flyers organization cheap.

Syvret, 28, is the only defenseman to record 40-plus points in each of the past three AHL seasons. An alternate captain with Adirondack, he was a fixture on the team’s power play, on which he recorded a team-best 25 points. He had 27 total points in the 43 games after the NHL lockout ended.

There was nothing blocking Syvret from a call-up to the NHL once the new collective bargaining agreement was approved in January and re-entry waivers, which were based on a player’s salary, were eliminated.

But the Flyers never called the veteran up, even as their blue line was decimated by injuries at the tail end of the season. They instead went with younger options in Erik Gustafsson, Brandon Manning, Oliver Lauridsen and even rookie Matt Konan, who all filled in admirably in the NHL.

The Rangers, therefore, might offer Syvret a better chance to play some additional NHL games. He has three goals and seven points in 59 career NHL appearances, compared to 46 goals and 252 points in 483 AHL contests.

Both Syvret and Newbury will play the final year of their two-year contracts this season.


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