If there’s one thing we’ve learned to count on each and every summer these days, it’s a significant move by from Paul Holmgren. The Philadelphia Flyers are expected to be active once again this summer, after missing out on the playoffs, and don’t put it past the general manager to look for the blockbuster.
The difference is that this summer we have a pretty good idea of which direction the Flyers are hoping to head in their search to upgrade the roster. They want defense. They need an upper tier defenseman to build their blue line around. And one in the Western Conference just so happens to be available.
It’s not likely the Phoenix Coyotes are shopping defenseman Keith Yandle, but if the right deal comes along, they’ll move him. That’s been the story since last summer, when the Coyotes were believed to be fielding calls for the All Star d-man. The emergence of Oliver Ekman-Larsson as a potentially elite defenseman for the club makes it all but a lock that they’ll move Yandle in the right deal.
The Flyers have been hot after Yandle since last summer. They reportedly had talks about a potential trade, and were rumored to be trying to acquire him again at the trade deadline back in April. The Flyers have young offensive talent to surrender, which is exactly what Phoenix is likely looking for.
In fact, the Flyers probably have the idea forward that the Coyotes would like to acquire. Sean Couturier has been a popular name in Flyers trade rumors, mostly because teams won’t move a significant player unless there’s a top young player like him available. A Phoenix native, Couturier would be an absolutely perfect fit with the Coyotes.
The Flyers’ interest in Yandle is obviously no secret and you can understand why they’d want to get their hands on him. He’s an elite two-way defenseman, a player that moves the puck extremely well, and is a weapon on the power play. If Yandle is moved this summer, look to the Flyers as the top destination for him.