Archive for December 16, 2009

Latest Flyers Trade Rumors: 12/15/09

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on December 16, 2009 by flyersfan44

The disaster continued last night in Pittsburgh, where the Flyers were pasted by the Penguins, 6-1. At this point, the trade rumors are flying fast and furious. It fully looks as though a major deal will occur on Friday before the Christmas player movement freeze goes into effect Saturday until December 27, especially if the Flyers lose to the Penguins at home on Thursday.

The Flyers’ name that is most often mentioned is Jeff Carter. Check my previous post for why I think that trading him would be a great idea. I think management has also soured on Scott Hartnell. He is continuing to take penalties after coach Peter Laviolette has voiced concern about this. With a contract of about $4 million per year and a no-trade clause, he could be difficult to move. However, management could probably convince him to waive the clause if they really want to.

As for names mentioned as possible acquisitions, it’s well-known that Atlanta is shopping Ilya Kovalchuk, but I think a trade involving him may be more likely to happen nearer to the trade deadline. Vinny Lecavalier continues to be mentioned as a possibility, but I think and hope the Flyers would be more interested in younger players, especially if a Jeff Carter is involved.

Keep your eyes on Carolina and Los Angeles. Eric Staal is not having a great year for struggling Carolina, with four goals in 22 games. However, he scored 40 last year and is a big center, which the Flyers like, and is only 25 years old. Center Chad LaRose also has been mentioned. He had 19 goals and 31 points last year – decent production and plays better than his numbers indicate. I am sure that Laviolette would like to get some of his old players in here – they would be familiar with his system and could sell it to the Flyers’ players.

The Flyers really like Dustin Brown of Los Angeles, a 25-goal and 50-point left wing. Couple him with Alexander Frolov, who had 32 goals last year but whose production has fallen off some this year, and you could have a good deal there.

Management is ready to pull the trigger on a major trade. My money would be on Carolina and Eric Staal among others, but watch L.A. also.