March 01, 2023
UPDATE [5:20 p.m. ET] – Nothing is moving on the Flyers' front yet, but a former Philly fan favorite is on his way to Carolina.
Shayne Gostisbehere is being dealt to the Hurricanes with the Arizona Coyotes getting a 2026 third-rounder in return, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
That’s in 2026— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 1, 2023
The now 29-year old took the league by storm during his early career in Philadelphia, but injuries and inconsistency kept him from ever reaching those same heights again, eventually leading to his trade to Arizona for, infamously, no return.
There have already been over a dozen noteworthy trades in the NHL, as the league's trade deadline approaches Friday, but the Flyers have been sitting back and waiting.
The team, which has virtually no chance of reaching the postseason — and a very small chance at getting a top draft pick this summer — is stuck in the kind of awful limbo Philly fans dread. The team doesn't have a ton of attractive assets at the moment, but shedding some players seems extremely likely as the team tries to make something out of this lost season.
Some of the players who could be dealt in the next three days include James Van Riemsdyk, Justin Braun, Ivan Provorov and may be even Kevin Hayes. Few players are untouchable at this point, though GM Chuck Fletcher does say he is not going to be selling the store.
“Potentially. It’s a fair question,” Fletcher Tuesday when asked about selling big name players . “It will depend on market and opportunity and fit, but I’ve expressed to teams we’re open to ideas and we’re willing to listen on lots of different types of scenarios.
“Without addressing Kevin [Hayes] specifically, because I don’t know if it’s fair to single out names, but clearly we’d like to get even younger if we can. And if we can do that, we’re gonna try to do that.”
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