After such a disappointing season, the Philadelphia Flyers really need to consider what type of roster moves they need to make. The biggest speculation right now is whether or not Ilya Bryzgalov or Danny Briere will get amnestied, but the team also needs to consider who will be lined up for a trade.
Flyers general manager, Paul Holmgren has no qualms about blowing up the team. We saw this a few seasons ago when team captain Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were both unexpectedly traded away. He also has no problem signing a player to a big multi-year deal and then trading them, a la James Van Riemsdyk. So in this offseason, will Holmgren shock fans yet again?
Calm down Flyers fans, Holmgren is not going to trade away Claude Giroux, but second-year Flyer Matt Read could be on his way out. But only because Holmgren refuses to let go of Sean Couturier, and because Read would be an ample trading piece that another team would agree to.
In the 2011-2012 season, while everyone was fawning over breakout rookie Couturier, Read was quietly scoring goals and racking up points to lead the Flyers rookies in his first season with the hockey club. He was perhaps one of the most underrated players on the team and the only reason was because he was an undrafted older rookie who opted to get an education before beginning his professional hockey career.
In the most recent season, Read started to gain more attention with his performance especially after scoring his first career hat trick early on in the shortened season. His injury that came later really overshadowed the rest of his season. He still did okay and he will improve next season when he gets to play a full 82-game season.
Read would be a really good player to line up for a trade and his name has come up in trade talks, but that does not mean the Flyers should trade him. It’s truly baffling that fans would prefer Read to go over Couturier. Read’s season faltered after he came off an injury too early. In all honesty, he probably was playing through his rib injury when he first returned. What was Couturier’s excuse, the Sophomore Slump?