By Steven Smith @StevenPaul6 on April 5, 2014
It's going to be one busy offseason for the Philadelphia Flyers' front office. With many open contracts, a huge void to fill at the defense position and plenty of trade bait, who knows what will happen?
These five players, whether they land in Philly or not, should at least be targeted.
Ryan Johansen is probably the most unlikely guy of this group to end up in Philly, but with some cap space open due to the trading of Andrej Meszaros, Philly would have a chance to outbid Columbus. With speculations surrounding a big trade involving an All-Star defenseman, Philly could have to dump Brayden Schenn and/or Sean Couturier. Scott Laughton is also a possibility to moved. Philly won't want to lose all its fire power.
Justin Schultz could very well be the one guy in this group that ends up in Philly. However, he shouldn't be the top target. If too much is asked from Philly in exchange for a franchise defenseman, the Flyers could definitely use a kid like Schultz. It's most likely that they'll bring back Andrew MacDonald, but bringing back a 39-year-old Kimmo Timonen might not be the smartest thing to do if they have the option for Schultz.
There isn't an immediate need for a right winger on the Philadelphia roster, but with the possibilities of what could happen being very unclear, Philly may want to consider bringing in Radim Vrbata if the Flye lose some goals due to a trade or a contract situation. He's not exactly a spring chicken, but he would also want to sign long-term. The 32-year-old has 20 goals and 29 assists this year.
Matt Niskanen are is a guy the Flyers should consider if they can't make a trade for that big D-man, but only if they can't pick up the next guy who I'm about to unveil. When this kid is healthy, he can be very good. He hasn't really had any setbacks in the past few seasons, so it's probably a low-risk situation. He might cost the Flyers a little more than Schultz, though.
Hands down, if Philadelphia can't make a trade, this has to be the first guy they go after. He would fill a huge void at defense and if the Flyers handle the rest of their contract situations properly, they would definitely have the money to outbid Montreal. This kid is good, and he's only getting better. This season, he has 10 goals and 43 assists.
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