NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Wildest Philadelphia Flyers Trade Possibilities

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2011

NHL Trade Rumors: 10 Wildest Philadelphia Flyers Trade Possibilities

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    The Philadelphia Flyers are in the market to make a move before the deadline.

    What they are aiming for is up in the air but, it seems like a veteran winger who is riding an expiring contract would be what the team would want.

    The Flyers already have a lot of depth at forward and defense and the goaltending has been solid.  If the Flyers do make a move, it better not affect the nucleus of this team.

    Whatever the Flyers do at the deadline, I am ready for another long playoff run.


Chuck Kobasew

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    Chuck Kobasew is a solid forward who would add experience and forechecking ability to a team that is prided on their defensive prowess.

    The Flyers wouldn’t have to give up much for the 3rd or 4th line player, maybe Matt Walker, Jody Shelley, or Daniel Carcillo.

    I don’t think this would be the best move for the Flyers because if they are going to add anything, it should be more offensive talent.

Michael Ryder

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    Michael Ryder would be a solid fit for the Flyers.

    Ryder is not afraid to drive the net and create space. He plays a solid two way game and his addition to the 2nd or 3rd line would boost the Flyers offense.

    The Bruin veteran is in the last year of his contract and would be a good rental player.

    The Flyers might have to give up more than they would want to so this deal is a long shot.

Steve Sullivan

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    Steve Sullivan is an intriguing name as the deadline approaches.

    Little Steve has been a solid forward for years but has really suffered from some serious injuries. 

    Sullivan will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season so, it might be worth it for the Flyers to take a shot on the aging forward.

    With that said, I would not give up players like James van Riemsdyk or Andres Nodl to acquire him.  Let them take Shelley and Leighton.

Michal Handzus

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    Michal Handzus is a former Flyer who plays hockey the right way.

    He won’t wow you with his offensive numbers but, he is one of the hardest working hockey players in the league.

    Handzus would bring a great defensive prowess and, could play a big part on the penalty kill as well as adding depth to the forward position.

Scottie Upshall

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    Scottie Upshall was a good fit on the Flyers before and a second time around might be the best for both parties.

    Upshall brings a high energy to a team and plays at a million miles an hour.  He would bring good forecheck abilities and a solid offensive arsenal that would be made better by the quality forwards we have already.

    If and when the Coyotes fall out of contention, expect them to be sellers and the price on Upshall to drop.

Cory Stillman

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    Cory Stillman is the definition of a rental player.  He is in the last year of his contract and he is 37 years old.

    Expecting anything more than the second half of this season out of Stillman in a Flyers uniform would be foolish.

    Stillman has a high hockey I.Q. and his ice intelligence would make him a big part of a younger team at the forward position.

    Depending on what we would have to give up, this might be a feasible move. 

Alex Tanguay

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    Alex Tanguay might have a no trade clause but, a move to Philadelphia would be welcomed.

    The Flyers are in a better position to win now and for an aging winger, the chance to win a Cup is alluring.

    Tanguay is talented offensively and you might be able to move a player like Nikolay Zherdev and another player to acquire him.

    If the Flyers do make this move, they might be able to resign Tanguay long term and keep the added depth for relatively cheap at $1.7 million.

Matt Moulson

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    Matt Moulson is a solid forward who has played well on a bad Islanders team.  It is necessary to say that the Islanders would have been better if it wasn’t for the plague of injuries that struck Long Island.

    Moulson would be like Upshall in the sense that he plays the game with high intensity.

    To a team looking to add depth on the wings, Moulson would be a good addition.  He is talented offensively and is willing to play hard at both ends of the ice.

    If we could give up a prospect or picks, this deal would be great.

Alexei Kovalev

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    Alexei Kovalev is a veteran forward who will be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season.

    His contract is a little much, over $5 million, but his offensive prowess may be a great addition to the Flyers.

    The Flyers would have to give up a high priced player or put together a package of players; Nodl, Walker Carcillo or JVR, Walker, and Shelley.

    I don’t want to give up our kids but Kovalev might be the player that takes over Gagne’s spot in the playoffs.

Jarome Iginla

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    Jarome Iginla brings the offense—and then some.

    Iginla has scored 50-or-more goals two times in his career and both times he was the league’s leading scorer (in 2004, he tied Rick Nash and Ilya Kovalchuk for the league lead).

    Jarome Iginla is also one of the best two-way forwards in the game and, he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty at either end of the ice.

    Iginla’s style of play would fit in perfect on a hard-nosed Flyers team and, he would be a welcomed addition to a penalty kill unit that thrives on opportunities.