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NHL Trade Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers Not Making a Big Preseason Trade

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 08: Ryan Carter #20 of the New Jersey Devils hits Sean Couturier #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on May 8, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Devils defeated the Flyers 3-1 to win the series four games to one and move on to the Conference Finals.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Dan AdamsCorrespondent IIIDecember 2, 2016

The Philadelphia Flyers have been linked to every big name on the trade block this offseason, but they are reportedly not finding any deals they like. 

According to philly.com, the Flyers have decided to hold onto their young talent instead of packaging them for a superstar.

This might come as a bit of a letdown to fans who were hoping for a big, headline-generating trade to help offset missing out on the year's best free agents.

But other fans are probably relieved the Flyers are going to stick with their talented young core.

A lot of people had already speculated the Flyers were not serious contenders for Bobby Ryan or Rick Nash due to their prices; both would have reportedly cost a package containing one of promising young players Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier.

Couturier, the eighth overall pick in the draft last season, is a standout two-way forward who was impressive in his rookie campaign. He's been considered untouchable since showcasing his talent and upside last year. 

Brayden Schenn, a former Los Angeles Kings prospect acquired in the Mike Richards trade, seemed a bit more expendable until the Flyers traded for his brother Luke at the draft. It's hard to believe they would unite the Schenn brothers only to trade half of the combination away.

Still, due to the recent depth signings of Bruno Gervais and Ruslan Fedotenko, don't rule out a major trade if teams around the league lower their asking prices.

A package centered around someone like winger Jakub Voracek is much more doable for the Flyers, while still giving their trading partner a high-upside forward.

Regardless of whether the Flyers make a trade or not, they should be even better than the 100-point team they had last year. 

Another year of development for all the young players and a healthy Andrej Meszaros should combine with a more comfortable Ilya Bryzgalov to make the Flyers a very dangerous team once again.

And that's more exciting than any big trade they could make.

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