I agree with you 100%. This is another one of those STUPID rumors that has no logic at all.
If you breakdown this trade, Philly gets ***** as follows:
- Handzus is EASILY a much better all-round player compared to Hemsky. There is a slight age difference between the two, but the Flyers are NOT looking at rebuilding a team, so getting younger is not at all important. Handzus will bring A LOT more to the table in the East when games mean something. He will battle to the end, unliske Hemsky.
- Dvorak vs. Radio...you're giving up a kid who has played in Hitchcock's system really well...and in place, you put in Dvorak, who is the NHL's version of the Scarecrow (was that the character who was affraid of his own shadow??). Dvorak plainly SUCKS. Seriously, the deal is more likely if this part of the trade is removed.
- Ratje for Staios makes little sense since Ratje was brought in for his solid own-one play. You're not going to give up on him after having just signed him to a longterm contract...especially NOT if you're getting a weaker d-man.
So, plainly, this is a ridiculous rumor. Try again, Johan.