Keith Jones usually plays right wing on Eric Lindros's line. Skating with new Flyers C Keith Primeau yesterday wasn't much different.

"He is a big, fast player with skill," Jones said. "He plays with an edge, too. You can't go wrong with a player like that."

Primeau, acquired Sunday from Carolina for Rod Brind'Amour, worked out for the first time with the Flyers yesterday, a day after he skated with Lindros. Because of his lengthy holdout, Primeau had only been skating on his own. "I struggled at the start of practice today but as it went on, I felt more comfortable," Primeau said.

The Flyers host the Panthers Thursday in an attempt to break a five-game winless streak (0-3-2), the team's longest skid since October.

"I don't know how much I can play," Primeau said. "I'd like to have a good turn on the first shift, see how I feel and then we'll ride it from there for the rest of the game."

Coach Roger Neilson hasn't committed to where he will play Primeau but the logical fit would be in Brind'Amour's former spot on the second line between Mark Recchi and Mikael Renberg.

HUARD TRADED: LW Bill Huard was traded by the Kings to the Thrashers for future considerations. Huard, 32, played in one game for the Kings this season. Signed as a free agent by the Kings six months ago, Huard has played in 223 NHL games with six teams and has 16 goals and 18 assists in his career.

PLATE ON ICE: A plan for a Bruins specialty license plate was put on ice by lawmakers. Bruins officials testified in favor of legislation calling for a license plate design with the Bruins logo to raise money for youth hockey organizations.

But members of the Public Safety Committee had several questions about the plan and voted unanimously to send the measure into a study, along with a host of other license plate requests.

Lawmakers questioned whether the logo design was free advertising for the team. They also wanted to know more details on how the money collected over and above the registry fees would be distributed to needy youth hockey programs.

Special license plates that raise money for organizations or causes must receive legislative approval before the Registry of Motor Vehicles can produce and make them available.