How much is President Chuck Fletcher willing to sacrifice? And which players does that allow him to go after?
Countdown to 24 hours before Monday’s league trade deadline, Canadian professional ice hockey executive and president of the Philly Flyers Chuck Fletcher and the team have a make a series of decisions– one of which a red-hot February has made easier for seeing Philadelphia ascend from outside of the playoff picture and looking into just three points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals for the metropolitan division lead. One thing becomes clear for the Philadelphia Flyers as they continue to stay away from wild card teams and also an inch closer to a surprising and potential division title.
They realized that the team is a deadline buyer. The only thing left to be seen now is whether Chuck Fletcher and Co will put all their eggs in one basket ahead of the trade deadline or would they continue to go by the cautious approach to secure their future instead of selling the picks for a better their chances for a deep playoff run in this season. Taking into account that they have not been kicked out of the first round in a very long time, their hunger to go further might be more than most. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, Sam Carchidi, the Philly Flyers should not attempt to acquire top players like Mike Hoffman, Chris Kreider, or jean-Gabriel. Rather, he suggests that the best option for Philly is the addition of a depth forward. He said, “There’s no guarantee one of those players would help deliver the Flyers their first Stanley Cup since 1975 — back when gas was 57 cents a gallon, and All in the Family topped the T.V. ratings. It’s not worth it to give up assets (read: Shayne Gostisbehere and high draft picks) for a rental.” He also added that “The Flyers have a very good blend of young, on-the-rise players and quality veterans. They should stay the course and add a depth forward who won’t cost them a quality prospect or a high draft pick. That player (Derek Grant? Ryan Donato?) would be insurance in case of an injury, or perhaps bolster one of their lower lines.”
High Hopes Still on Nolan Patrick
One of the reasons the Philly Flyers could hesitate in making noise about anything is because they have high hopes that when Nolan Patrick gets back on his feet from injury, they will get a boost at forward. Patrick’s return to the field would be more like a deadline acquisition granted he has been sidelined all season. Another option the Flyers could use to give them depth at forward plus adding another veteran player with a bit experience like Stanley Cup.
Jeff Carter will be ideal for their roster since he is a former Flyer who was traded to Columbus originally in 2011 on deadline day before finally ending up in Los Angeles. Here is more insight from reporter Sam Carchidi on how the Philly Flyers could make a deal for Jeff Carter work regardless of their limit cap resources, “Carter, who has a $5.27 cap hit and is in his ninth season with Los Angeles, has been mentioned as a trade candidate. He can play center or wing and could help the power play. But it would be difficult for the Flyers to fit him under the cap, even if the Kings were to absorb half of his cap hit, the maximum allowed. If L.A. paid half of it, the Flyers would be responsible for about $2.635 million annually until the contract expires after the 2021-22 season. The Flyers are expected to have about $2 million in cap room at the trade deadline. If they could somehow fit Carter under the cap and get him at a reasonable price — say, a third-round draft pick — he would improve a team that could use a sniper. Now 35, Carter enters the weekend with 17 goals this season and 382 in a career that started with the Flyers in 2005. He is day to day with an undisclosed injury.”
What will Flyers General manager Chuck Fletcher’s next move be? Or is he convinced that they are good enough already? We will get the answers soon enough.