Could the Flyers still trade a defenseman? Could the Capital make a trade before the season opens?

CSNPHILLY.COM/PHILLY.COM: reported the Philadelphia Flyers have placed defenseman Bruno Gervais and forward Adam Hall on waivers. If they clear today, they’ll be demoted.  By placing Marc-Andre Bourdon on LTIR (who cleared waivers last week), the Flyers would then become cap compliant.  It would also ensure Hal Gill (who’s on a training camp tryout) a roster spot to open the season.

Avalanche shopping forward John Mitchell?

Avalanche shopping forward John Mitchell?

Both sites reports on the possibility of the Flyers trading one of their veteran defensemen, noting reports out of Denver of the Avalanche trying to move center/winger John Mitchell. CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio wondered if the Avalanche would have interest in Andrej Meszaros, as they have the cap space to take on his $4 million salary. Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi, however, reports as of Saturday night the two clubs had not held talks.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals GM George McPhee admitted trade talks have picked up around the league. Though he’s received a couple of call, McPhee said he doesn’t know if he’ll make a trade.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An unusually quiet Sunday rumor-wise before the start of the new season, probably because most teams are focused instead on the waiver wire before making their final roster decisions by tomorrow’s afternoon deadline.

By the sound of things,the Flyers aren’t under any real pressure to trade a player. If worse comes to worse, they simply make a “paper transaction” by demoting Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn for one day (they’re exempt from waivers this season), place Chris Pronger on LTIR, then recall the duo the following day.

The Avs could find a taker for Mitchell before tomorrow afternoon, but it doesn’t appear the Flyers are interested. For that matter, the Avs don’t seem interested in Meszaro or any high-salaried defensemen. While they have lots of cap space, they’re operating under their own cap ceiling, which is considerably lower than the league’s.

As for the Capitals, if promising prospect Tom Wilson doesn’t make the final cut, they won’t have to free up any cap space to take on his salary and become cap compliant.