The Philadelphia Flyers entered this 48-game season with a lack of depth behind their blue line. Due to Andrej Meszaros‘ recent injury, it’s natural to think that general manager Paul Holmgren might have sent a text to his Montreal Canadiens‘ counterpart Marc Bergevin regarding P.K. Subban.
This time around, “Homer” isn’t attempting to take a restricted free agent defenseman away from another team, as he did in the Shea Weber situation with the Nashville Predators last summer. Instead, he would simply be attempting to negotiate a straight trade with Bergevin for the 23-year-old holdout.
The Canadiens can afford to listen to offers from all interested teams, and it’s fair to wonder what bounty Bergevin might be asking for in return for his dynamic defender.
Any thoughts about obtaining someone who would balk at playing, in lieu of earning more money, are neutralized when considering Subban’s impact on a Flyers’ team that has no short-, or long-term defensive answers. However, the mention of Sean Couturier’s name changes the equation.
Holmgren obtained the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 2011 number one draft pick as part of a package that was received for Jeff Carter. Using that pick to select “Coots” turned into a major coup, as the teenager made the team out of camp last season. His terrific defensive skills, offensive potential and age-defying hockey vision have since established his place within the organization.
If there’s a way to obtain Subban without surrendering Couturier, Holmgren should do it. But, it would be advisable to look for alternative options if this highly promising 20-year old center is a required part of any potential deal (with any team).