A couple Philadelphia media outlets, including one newspaper beat writer, are reporting that the Flyers have signed Michal Handzus to a contract. Terms have not been published and, in fact, the deal is being refuted by other outlets. Handzus spent three seasons in Philadelphia before he joined the Chicago Blackhawks, and then the Kings. Wherever Handzus ends up, he wasn’t considered likely to rejoin the Kings. Handzus is 34 years old and, of course, became a lower priority for the Kings when they traded for center Mike Richards last month.
[Note: Published reports about Handzus signing with the Flyers now appear to be incorrect.]
Speaking of players named Richards, the assembled media camped out in front of agent Pat Morris’ office — is this the O.J. trial? — has noted the presence of Dean Lombardi and other Kings front-office members. The Kings are expected to make a major run for Richards today, something they tried to keep low-key in recent weeks. It’s very possible that Richards won’t make a decision today.