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Eighty-Whath? You may ask.
Yes, the third-round selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the first pick for Philadelphia in 2011.
Kris Versteeg came to Philly, by way of Toronto, in exchange for the Flyers' first and third selections. Their second selection was part of the trade with Phoenix that landed Dan Carcillo.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said: “Just like any other draft we go in with an open mind, listening and seeing what’s available. Obviously, there are teams trying to jockey for positions right now. I think there are a few teams from what I can gather that have later picks that are trying to move up. It just seems likes there’s a lot of talk right now anyway around the league, so there could be a lot of things happening as we get closer to Friday.”
Much has already transpired in the Flyers' offseason, including acquiring the negotiating rights to Ilya Bryzgalov in an attempt to bolster the team's goaltending.
The cost of signing Bryzgalov to a new deal has led to rampant speculation about Philadelphia clearing cap space by trading one or more of their pricey veterans.
Jeff Carter has been mentioned as a potential player to come in a swap with Columbus that would land Philadelphia the eighth overall selection.
While a premier draft choice would be nice, trading away a young player who has already proven capable of scoring 40-plus goals is a real risk.
The ideal scenario for Philly would be for the team to take advantage of the additional cap allowance, up by nearly $5 million next season, and move a less valuable asset than Carter to move upward on the draft board.
Who and at what selection will depend on the asset the Flyers trade away.