To trade or not to trade; that is the question. That is the question that every Philadelphia Flyers fan is wondering as we now close in on a mere two days until the NHL trade deadline. Talks from the Philadelphia front office have remained virtually nonexistent. There’s been a whisper here and there but nothing to get overly excited about. In fact, if something happens, don’t expect it to be much at all.
Philadelphia has nine contracts expiring by season’s end.Grabbing money from a longer contract really wont be much of an option for them. Among those nine contracts, three of them belong to players like Brayden Schenn, Michael Raffl and Kimmo Timonen. All of these are players the Flyers wouldn’t want to just walk away, not without fighting for them at least.
Trading for future prospects could very well be a possibility. However, Philly has one of the best, if not the best, group of prospects in the entire league. There’s no immediate need for one. If they were to snag a prospect, it would be of the lower end.
As far as tradeable players are concerned, Schenn and Andrej Meszaros do seem to be the two that would have any value. The only question is, do they really want to trade a 22-year-old who has 16 goals this season and is only getting better? After all, it’s the Flyers’ scoring dominance that has given them so much success over the past few seasons. Trading Meszaros seems kind of pointless as well considering defense is the primary focus should the Flyers make a trade. If they traded him for younger talent, it would be a low-risk, high-reward situation, but who knows.
If you ask me, there are three scenarios. The first is that the front office doesn’t even budge come Wednesday and they ride into the summer with the current roster. The second scenario is so unpredictable that nobody can place their finger remotely close to what would happen. The third is that they do a defense for defense swap. They’ll probably try to go younger and pick up some more bright hope for the future. To me, the odd man out is Meszaros if there’s anyone, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Keeping things quiet is the Ed Snider way.