The Philadelphia Flyers could be preparing for a busy summer as they search for answers. Given the free agent market is rather boring, their solutions could come via trade. Whether it’s capitalizing on team’s tearing down, cashing in on salary cap woes, or selling high on current roster players, these are the five likeliest trade partners for the Flyers this summer.
Number 5: Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas have choked themselves out with the salary cap like a bad 80’s karate movie, and they could be looking to clear some big money this summer. That means teams inquiring potentially scooping up a worthwhile player at a discounted rate. The Canucks cashed in on this theory last summer when they landed defenseman Nate Schmidt for a third round pick. Who becomes the odd man out in Vegas this summer? It may be too early to tell, but with so many good players, whichever one it is may be worth taking a shot at.
Number 4: Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks were a discombobulated team during 2021-22 and it has led to the pondering as to whether or not they’ll look to shake up their core this summer in favor of a new direction next season. They’ve got a roster full of talent, most at respectable cap hits. Brock Boeser is a restricted free agent, J.T. Miller quitely put up a 99-point season with one year left at $5.25, veteran right-handed defenseman Tyler Myers and plenty more. For a team that finds itself in a similar situation to the Flyers, maybe Vancouver would be the perfect place for a big “hockey trade” to shakeup the landscapes of both teams.
Number 3: Chicago Blackhawks
The fire sale in Chicago may start any day now and the Flyers should already be in line like it’s a Best Buy on Black Friday. Whether its a veteran like Patrick Kane or an up-and-comer like Alex DeBrincat, there are many players that could be of interest to a depleted Flyers squad. There’s a good chance their top stars won’t come cheap, but they could absolutely be worth their weight in gold if they take the risk.
Number 2: Toronto Maple Leafs
After yet another brutal first round playoff exit, one has to wonder how the Leafs approach the offseason. They seemingly feel better about this year’s elimination than they did in years past, but considering 75% of their cap space is tied up in eight players, they may have to part with one of their expensive forwards to spread the wealth on the depth of the team. Whether it’s Nylander, Marner, or someone else, seeing what the Leafs are demanding in return could make sense for the Flyers. The Leafs would want to spread the wealth on their roster, and considering the Flyers have a team full of middling players mostly on respectable contracts, it could be a perfect trade.
Number 1: Los Angeles Kings
Unlike other teams on this list, it may be “go time” in LA and they could look to part with a few of their younger players in order to gain some talent for the here and now. For a team like the Flyers, who are reassessing the members of their core like Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov, shipping them to a team like the Kings with youngsters like Alex Turcotte, Arthur Kaliyev, Brandt Clarke and others as potential returns, it makes the Kings a premier trade partner for Philadelphia.
Nashville might finally have to waive the white flag after getting swept out of the playoffs by the Colorado Avalanche. They had a much better than expected regular season, but with some big money tied up in aging players, it may be time to start relieving some of the financial pressure on the team. There’s a good chance Filip Forsberg walks in free agency and Roman Josi isn’t leaving any time soon, so it does limit their attractiveness as a trade partner, but if they’re willing to sell, it can’t hurt check in and see what their prices are.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
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