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To trade or not to trade, that is the question.
As the NHL approaches its trade deadline, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has quite the dilemma on his hands.
According to Capgeek, Philadelphia has the highest salary in the league—largely due to Chris Pronger and Ilya Bryzgalov's inflated salaries. Yet the team is not living up to its pay.
If at the trade deadline the Flyers are out of playoff contention, Homer needs to consider revamping the payroll and moving players.
Some viable options could be Danny Briere, Braydon Coburn, Sean Couturier and Scott Laughton.
Briere is the most interesting trade, as many teams could use his services in the postseason. But the veteran forward wants to stay in Philly and has the upper hand with a "no-movement clause" in his contract—allowing him to veto any trade.
Additionally, Briere comes with an extremely high price tag and will prove difficult to move.
Coburn is having a dreadful season, magnified by his 30 turnovers in 28 games. The 28-year-old can still provide depth for teams and a change of scenery may benefit both parties. Unfortunately, he has three years and $13.5 million remaining on his contract. Not many suitors will jump at this bargain.
Couturier is also having a down season after an impressive rookie campaign. Couts, although a great defensive forward, has been non-existent on offense with seven points on the season. And with a manageable salary, teams around the league could take a fly on him.
Last, Scott Laughton, the unproven forward, could be a expendable. The Flyers desperately need help on defense, and Laughton could be dealt in a package deal bringing a talented blueliner to Philly.
Now if the Flyers are in contention by the deadline, a move may not be necessary. Whatever the case may be, Holmgren will be closely monitoring Philly's play over the next two weeks and taking many phone calls.