UNHAPPY KEEPER: Ken Wregget, who has played far more in the past year than Flyers' first-string goaltender Ron Hextall, expressed bitterness Saturday night about the team's refusal to meet his salary demands.
"I feel that I have proven myself," Wregget said after Philadelphia defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-3. "I have tried to sit down with management and nobody has said anything to me. I'm not trying to create any wave, but I feel that I am looked on as a convenience."
Wregget is in the option year of his contract. He reportedly wants $400,000 while the Flyers are offering $300,000. General Manager Russ Farwell said the issue goes to arbitration this week.
While Hextall recuperated from a variety of injuries last season, Wregget started in 51 games, compiling a 22-24-3 record. This season, he's undefeated in three starts and will play regularly as Hextall is out another 10 days with a groin pull.
TROTTIER'S HOMECOMING: After 15 seasons with the New York Islanders, Bryan Trottier signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the offseason. With the Islanders, he scored 500 goals and helped create a Stanley Cup dynasty that dominated the early 1980s.
Trottier is normally low-keyed and seemingly unsentimental, but he admitted coming back to Uniondale with a new team for the Islanders' home opener Saturday was more than just another game. "It all feels a little strange," said Trottier, 34, before getting an assist in the Penguins' 6-4 victory. "The whole thing feels strange."