The Philadelphia Flyers' backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is a prime trade target.
With starter Ilya Bryzgalov signed to a nine-year contract, the 23-year-old Bobrovsky has found himself in a peculiar situation—too talented as a backup, undeveloped as a starter.
In order for his career to progress effectively, he needs more playing time, something he's not going to get with the Vezina-nominated Bryzgalov playing in front of him.
In addition to the drawbacks of the situation for Bobrovsky, there are some for the Flyers as well, most notably his $1.75 million cap hit.
Furthermore, nobody is certain that Bobrovsky is the real deal; does anyone remember Andrew Raycroft?
Raycroft took the starting job in Boston from Felix Potvin during the 2003-04 season; he played 57 games, logging a .926 save percentage and 2.05 goals-against-average as a 23-year-old. Two seasons later he led the NHL in goals allowed and is now a forgotten backup for the Dallas Stars.
If Bobrovsky tanks like so many goalies have in the past, the Flyers will regret not getting whatever they could for him.