With the NHL trade deadline less than two months away, the rumors are really beginning to heat up.
So far, the teams who appear to be involved in most of the trade rumors are the Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins and, of course, the Philadelphia Flyers. Just about every team who is in trade talks is looking for a centerman and/or a defenseman, so the price to acquire either one may be a bit steeper this year.
The Flyers have been rumored for weeks to be interested in the services of Tim Gleason, who's on the final year of his $2.75 million contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. As it now stands, the Flyers appear to be in close contact with Carolina, but the Hurricanes may be putting too high a price tag on Gleason for the Flyers to bite.
Yesterday afternoon, Philadelphia placed defenseman Matt Walker on waivers. Assuming he clears waivers, the Flyers will have an extra $1.7 million in available cap space, which would give the Flyers more wiggle room to add another player. It looks to be a setup move, preparing for a trade.
If you ask me, that's exactly what the Flyers are in the midst of doing, and it's possible that a deal has already been reached with another club, but they must wait to have the necessary cap space.
While I haven't heard a heck of a lot as of late, I can tell you with certainty that the Flyers have a definite interest in Tim Gleason out of Carolina, and they may even be talking with Calgary and Dallas as well. It always seems to really get quiet before a trade is made, and right now, it's pretty quiet.
I wrote an article yesterday suggesting the Flyers target Jay Bouwmeester should he become available, and got an overwhelming response. Most of you were not fans of the idea, saying that his $6.8 million contract was more than the Flyers could afford and that he simply is not worth it. I can't argue with that, but I have a feeling people may change their minds about it if he were to come to Philly.
J-Bo is an offensive defenseman, and while his contract is probably higher than what he's worth, I think he would thrive in Philadelphia under Peter Laviolette's aggressive offensive style of play.
How much longer do you expect to wait for the Flyers to make their first move?
I don't expect the Flyers to wait until the deadline to make a deal, but then again, you never know what the heck is up Paul Holmgren's sleeve. One thing is for sure. It's all or nothing this year, and the Flyers will not sit back and die easily.
Other than the overwhelmingly obvious choice of Shea Weber, what is one defenseman you think the Flyers should target at the trade deadline?
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