Now that we've looked at the five most expendable Flyers, what about the other players? Are they fair game for trades as well?
The reality of hockey is that nobody is untradeable—just ask Wayne Gretzky. Keeping this in mind, let's look at some of the other Flyers, and briefly discuss how tradeable they are...
Mike Richards: He has come up in whispers of trade possibilities, given the Flyers' abundance of centers, the possibility of Pronger being captain, and Richards' quiet presence in a time when a more assertive leader might be needed. Trading him would certainly get a fantastic return.
However, he is guaranteed to be relatively cheap for the rest of the next decade, and he's a superstar that the team has been built around. So, a trade including him seems very unlikely, but it's more of a possibility than most seem to think it is.
Chris Pronger: Acquiring him cost the Flyers the offensive production of Lupul and Knuble on the wings, created an overload of talent on defense, gave the Flyers a player that would be greatly overpaid in five years, and created an awkward leadership situation in the locker room.
Was trading for him and signing him long-term a mistake? Probably not, but even if it was, it's too late to turn back now. He's had a good season, and he's here to stay.
Matt Carle: He has emerged as a fantastic partner with Pronger on the top line. Not too expensive, so given his performance this year, he isn't going anywhere.
Daniel Briere: The Flyers would love to get rid of Briere primarily because he's overpaid, but what team would want him? No team wants to be a salary dumpster in this day and age.
Shedding an overpaid player often means just getting another one in return or also including cheap talent in the trade to balance out the overpaid player's salary.
In the Flyers' case, this wouldn't be worth it. Now, the Canadiens always love to bring in French-Canadian stars even if there are some downsides, but at the moment, they simply don't have the cap to bring him in. In the end, Briere isn't going anywhere.
Flyers fans are just going to have to learn to embrace his presence and consider what he brings to the team regardless of what he costs.
Scott Hartnell: Hartnell can be a bit too much of a goon, but unlike the other enforcers on the team, he can actually play that role and make major offensive contributions to the team.
Even if he hits a slump, he still brings size to the Flyers scoring lines, which is something they need more of right now, not less of.
Claude Giroux & James vanRiemsdyk: These guys have too much promise and are performing too well right now to be put in a trade, not to mention the fact that they're both cheap talent in a time when the Flyers are desperate for cap room. I'd call vanRiemsdyk untouchable.
Giroux won't be given up in a deal for anything other than a superstar player that the team can lock up long-term. In other words, unless Ilya Kovalchuk is in the deal, and the Flyers are sure they can lock him up, then Giroux is staying put.
Arron Asham: His playmaking ability can be quite valuable at times, and he doesn't take too many dumb penalties. One of the most underrated players on the team, and pretty cheap, so trading him makes little sense.
Ian Laperriere: "Mumbles" is one of many tough guys on the team, but he's not the odd man out. He, Hartnell, and Asham make for a good crew of enforcers- it's Cote and Carcillo that are the expendable ones.
Blair Betts & Darroll Powe: Both are good role players who are important to the team. However, if Carter stays, then one of them could be the odd man out and get traded.
Ryan Parent: Parent deserves honorable mention, although he seems to fit in well to his current role. Could be on the move, but there aren't too many reasons to believe he is or isn't going to be on the way out for Philadelphia. He provides depth and is still young, but if the Flyers don't deal any other defenders, there's little reason why he wouldn't be available for trade.
Riley Cote: In all seriousness, who on earth would want Cote? I'm surprised he's lasted in the NHL as long as he has.