Deal or No Deal- Would You Make This Trade? Ivan Provorov Version

It’s no secret Ivan Provorov isn’t a popular man in Philly these days. His on-ice struggles paired with his pride night hijinks could very well expedite the Flyers’ interest in trading the 26-year-old defenseman. With new trade rumors swirling, fans have taken to CapFriendly’s Armchair GM tool to craft their own scenarios featuring Ivan Provorov, so we went through and picked out a few for our readers to vote as to whether or not they’d make that deal.

You’re the GM of the Philadelphia Flyers and the trade proposals below come across your desk, do you make the trade?

Spring 2023 by JBPhi

LA has long felt like the natural landing spot for Ivan Provorov, and folks who have made the connection have started to circle around 2020 second overall pick Quinton Byfield as the main piece going back in return for the Russian defenseman.

Byfield was the second overall pick in the 2020 draft and is in his third professional season but has yet to lock down a full-time NHL roster spot. He’s got seven points in 20 games during 2022-23, and 18 points in 66 games in his career. He’s hovering at a point-per-game pace in the AHL with 15 points in 15 games.

Sean Walker is a 28-year-old right-handed defenseman with one year left on his contract at a $2.6 million cap hit.

The Flyers get their long lost top young center prospect and an extra body on the right side of the defense while they wait for Ronnie Attard to develop.

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Which team needs to contribute more to this trade by sensonfire

The Flyers circled around Mattias Ekholm in the past before ultimately acquiring Ryan Ellis, so now that Nashville has put his name back on the rumor mill, it’s not impossible to believe the Flyers would have interest again. Ekholm is a soon-to-be 33-year-old left-handed defenseman with three years left on his current contract at a $6.25 million cap hit.

The most fascinating aspect of this trade is the fact that they’d trade a homophobe in Ivan Provorov for the only openly gay hockey player in Luke Prokop, who’s a 20-year-old right-handed defenseman and was a third round pick in 2020.

The Flyers get a worthwhile replacement for Provorov on the left side of the defense as well as a RHD prospect, something they’re internally short on these days.

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2023 TDL by DH28Hockey

After Provorov’s actions, there’s always a chance his trade value takes a nose dive, and a trade like this could very well be reality.

Jesse Puljujarvi is a 24-year-old winger and former fourth overall pick back in 2016. He’s had mixed results at the NHL level, struggling pretty hard during the 2022-23 season. Though his underlying numbers have always been strong, he’s failed to produce at a notable level on the score sheet. He could be a decent rehab project as a pending restricted free agent this summer. The Flyers would also get Edmonton’s 2023 first round pick, which will more than likely been in the mid 20’s.

The caveat here is the $3 million retention, almost half of Provorov’s contract for the next two seasons. A rather large pill for the Flyers to swallow, especially if they end up eating money on Kevin Hayes’ deal as well.

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How Far would this team go by CanucksFansRtheSmartest

The Vancouver Canucks management is an absolute dumpster fire, so it’d be hard to imagine they’d have the wherewithal to take the moral high ground in a Provorov deal.

The Flyers would land 25-year-old RHD Ethan Bear, who has struggled a bit since his early career in Edmonton, and 22-year-old winger and 2019 second round pick Nils Hoglander, who has 54 points in 141 NHL games. He’s been in the AHL since Christmas as the Canucks remain a fiasco, unsure of what to do with some of their young players.

A Defenseman that fills a hole and a young forward that still has upside but both need new contracts, as well as a second round pick two drafts from now. Is it enough for Provorov?

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Trade Hart by pj007

The Senators are one of the various teams who have made their intentions to beef up their defense known, and could very well have interest in Provorov if they strike out elsewhere.

Jacob Bernard-Docker is a right-handed defenseman and first round pick in 2018. He made the professional leap in 2021 after a standout college career at the University of North Dakota. He has yet to make the full-time jump to the NHL with just 13 games played during the 2022-23 season, spending the rest of his time in the AHL.

The Flyers get a top right-handed defense prospect and a first round pick in next year’s draft in exchange for Provorov and a third rounder in 2023.

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TDL options by pj007

Trading Provorov to a division rival is certainly an unpopular choice, but if his value is hurt that badly and the Caps are the only team to step up, do they bite the bullet?

Anthony Mantha is a 28-year-old winger who has largely failed to replicate his early career success he found with the Red Wings. He’s got 23 points in 45 games during the 2022-23 season and has found himself to be a healthy scratch a handful of times since the calendar turned to 2023. He’s got one year left on his contract at a $5.7 million cap hit.

The 2023 first round pick is interesting. The Capitals will more than likely make the playoffs, but it’s clear they’re not the powerhouse they used to be, so it could still be a pick in the late teens if the Caps get booted early in the first round.

Is the first round pick and $1 million in cap savings a big enough return for Provorov?

Would you make this trade?

By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)

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