With the Philadelphia Flyers having replaced Paul Holmgren as GM with Ron Hextall, what could be in store for the club this summer?
PHILLY.COM: Prior to the Flyers’ management change, Frank Seravalli graded the roster. He speculates forwards Brayden Schenn and Matt Read could garner interest from rival clubs. Defenseman Kimmo Timonen will take several weeks before deciding if he’ll return or retire. Seravalli speculates Braydon Coburn could attract trade offers again. It’s unclear if backup goalie Ray Emery will return. Seravalli also believes the Flyers’ priority is to boost their speed.
Sam Carchidi believes new GM Ron Hextall must find a left wing for Claude Giroux’s line. Free agent possibilities include Matt Moulson, Mason Raymond and Benoit Pouliot, while Winnipeg’s Evander Kane is an intriguing trade possibility. Hextall would have to clear cap space to take on Kane.
THE SPORTING NEWS: Sean Gentille believes Hextall’s commitment toward developing the Flyers young players and rebuilding from within is bad news for those fans and pundits pining for a Shea Weber trade with Nashville.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hope Hextall’s hiring brings an end to the seeming quest for the White Whale that is the “Weber-to-Flyers” speculation. It’s an unhealthy obsession for Flyers fans and pundits. The Flyers had their shot two years ago, the Predators matched the offer sheet and have no interest in moving him. Time to move on.
Schenn and Read could be trade chips if Hextall goes shopping for a winger or to bolster his defense, but I doubt they’ll fetch a return which suitably addresses the Flyers needs. Forget about Evander Kane, at least for this summer. The Jets aren’t going to give him away, and it’ll certainly take more than a package of Schenn and Read to get it done.
I think they’ll be foolish to move Coburn, unless they’re getting someone better in the return, which ain’t likely. Building from within, rather than bold trades and free agent signings, might be the best way for the Flyers to go.