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NHL Rumors: Matt Read A Trade Chip In 2012-13?

For the past few months, Philadelphia Flyers‘ winger, Matt Read, has been involved in various trade rumors throughout the NHL. Read has been included in trade many proposed trades this off season. Whether it was for Shea Weber, Rick Nash, or Bobby Ryan, Read has not stopped hearing rumors.

The latest rumor that Read has been involved with was the proposed deal that the Flyers sent to the Nashville Predators. He, along with Andrej Meszaros and three draft picks, were included in the package for Weber before the Flyers sent an offer sheet to Weber.

I believe that this 2012-2013 season, barring a lockout, could be an audition for the young 26-year old. Read scored 24 goals and tallied 23 assists for a total of 47 points in his rookie season with the Flyers. Does Read have the potential to be one of the main threats to an offensive attack? I believe he does.

Read’s trade value was high before the trade deadline last season. This year, depending on how well he plays, Read could be the key trade chip for the Flyers, if they wanted to bring in a big name during the season.

Playing along side players such as Daniel Briere and Wayne Simmonds, I think that Read is in store for a big season. He has an edge over younger players such as Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn because of his age. I think that Read will be able to adjust to the what the opposing defense is giving him. Playing on a line with a veteran and a rising star really helps with the mental state of the game.

To me, Read is the most interesting player that the Flyers have in their grasps. The Flyers have players that could fill Read’s role in the second line. If Read has a big season for the Flyers, I believe that he will be the centerpiece of a deal for a big name. No matter what happens, Read will be auditioning for the Flyers but also for all of the GM’s in the NHL.

David A. Cattai is the Featured Writer for the Philadelphia Flyers with Rant Sports & Featured Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia Phillies’ for Buzz On Broad.

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