Andrew MacDonald has done a great deal for the Philadelphia Flyers since being acquired at this year’s trade deadline. Earlier today, he rightfully earned a six-year, $30 million extension with the orange and black, although he probably was slightly overpaid. This was no surprise to anyone considering the timing of the Andrej Meszaros deal that cleared up cap space. While the Flyers have fit another piece of their puzzle into place, Shea Weber remains “the guy” on the minds of many Flyers fanatics.
Weber was all but signed with Philly until the Nashville Predators matched an offer to bring him back — an offer that virtually left Nashville broke. There are, however, plenty of contracts expiring around the current Philadelphia roster. With money opening up, some trade bait in either Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier and doom setting in over Nashville could be the perfect recipe for Weber to ship east.
If they can’t make a deal for Weber, which is a possibility, P.K. Subban should be the next guy in line to at least take a look at. It’s highly unlikely that the Montreal Canadiens will let him go, though, so don’t hold your breath on that one.
Justin Schultz is a perfect fit for the bullies, but you don’t want to have to worry about overpaying him in a bidding war. He’s young and gritty, but wouldn’t be worth the risk of overpayment, no matter how bright the future looks for him.
Matt Niskanen is another guy who could possibly be on the Flyers’ radar. He’s one of those closet guys. He’s got spectacular offensive vision and is a mean defender; he just plays on a roster where almost anyone can be overshadowed. The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t the richest team in the NHL right now, so they might not be able to afford him should the Flyers throw up an offer.
Earlier today, the Flyers also signed second-round prospect Shayne Gostisbehere to an entry level deal. Despite the up and coming defensive talent they have, the offseason agenda shouldn’t change at all.