The Philadelphia Flyers finally won a game on Thursday, avoiding the hysteria that surely would have followed if they lost another one. But that doesn’t mean this team is still without its problems.
Obviously, the most glaring need on this team is on the blue line. Even before Andrej Meszaros left Thursday’s tilt, this was a defensive corps that needed a lot of help. It was extremely evident in the first few games that this team will not survive without some defensive help.
The only problem is that there isn’t much to be found. The free agent market is barren. The fact that Chris Campoli hasn’t been signed is pretty telling. And he’s the best defenseman on the market. Same goes for the trade market. Everyone wants more defense, meaning it’s going to be hard to come by.
But there is one player that the Flyers could potentially target. And if they’re willing to surrender enough pieces, they could very well land Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.
Subban and the Habs remain at a standstill regarding his new contract, leaving him as a restricted free agent. And an offer sheet isn’t coming because whatever a team would offer, Montreal would match. So it’s either going to be the Habs signing him or trading him in the very near future.
At this point, the trade seems like the more likely route. And the Flyers would be first in line, as they should be. But what would they have to offer to acquire him? You’re looking at a franchise defenseman and a future superstar. The Flyers are going to have to surrender pieces currently on the roster.
Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn will both see their names come up. It wouldn’t be both, but I’d imagine the Habs would want at least one of them in a potential deal. Even with one of them involved, though, would the Flyers have enough pieces to acquire Subban?
Supposedly, Subban wants to remain in Montreal, but many believe he is on his way out sooner, rather than later. If he ends up on the block and the Habs shop him, the Flyers need to go all in to acquire him. Bringing in a defenseman of his caliber would upgrade their core group of players and give some star power to an otherwise questionable blue line.