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Flyers Notebook: Tortorella’s team foremost in trade buzz … so he doesn’t say

With the NHL trade deadline looming Friday, the Flyers are listening to offers and communicating with inquiring players who want to know about rumors involving them.

Flyers coach John Tortorella, ahead of the Monday night game with former Flyer Kevin Hayes and the St. Louis Blues, gave no indications a deal was imminent. That’s partly because the Flyers won their 32nd game of the season in their last start, one better than last season and are on a roll aided by youngsters like Tyson Foerster, who tallied two goals to help beat Ottawa Saturday.

“I don’t even think about it,” Tortorella said of the trade deadline. “There’s too much other stuff going on getting ready for games. I’m sure for some players who have been out there being talked about, I’m sure it affects them. But the way the room has been and the way we’ve talked to them, we’ve been just so transparent each and every day. If something comes up or you want a conversation or whatever, I think that helps players. I think our room has been that good. I think it’s handled this situation very well.”

The Flyers are vying to break a three-season playoff drought. A win Monday over the Blues and Hayes, whom the Flyers traded to St. Louis for a sixth-round pick, would have three wins in four games.

“We’re playing good right now,” Foerster said. “I mean, we’re just trying to stick with it and make a playoff push. We’ve got to focus on us, play the right way and good things will happen.”

Foerster has passed the rookie test after a bumpy time when he struggled to score. He has 16 goals now.

“I think he was showing some frustration and letting it get out of hand,” Tortorella said. “I think that’s the only conversation I’ve had with him as far as what it is to be a pro and handle these things I’m throwing him into.”

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The Flyers still are without leading scorer Travis Konecny (upper body injury), who was slated to sit out his sixth straight game Monday. That said, he did do a heavy morning practice skate and seemed close to returning. Then again…

“Don’t ask me questions about lineups,” Tortorella said. “I’m not giving them to you anymore.”

Goalie Sam Ersson was scheduled to start, per Torts.

Entering Monday, defensemen Rasmus Ristolainen had missed nine straight starts with an upper body injury, Jamie Drysdale three games in a row.

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Flyers veteran defenseman Nick Seeler came into the Blues game leading the NHL with 181 blocked shots in 62 games.

The grit displayed by Seeler, 30, has rubbed off on teammates.

“He has hockey sense but that is 99 percent (stones), and willingness,” Tortorella said. “That’s what he does. I watch him on tape, and I don’t appreciate it enough because there’s so much going on in games. But when I watch the tape and see the positions that he puts himself in for the team, it’s just fantastic.”

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The Flyers signed forward Denver Barkey (all of 5-foot-9, 154 pounds), their third-round pick in the 2023 draft, to a three-year entry-level contract starting with 2024-25 season.

The 18-year-old leads the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League with 87 points (31 goals, 56 assists). Included are five power-play goals, seven shorthanded goals and three game-winning goals in 56 games.


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