The Philadelphia Flyers are in an interesting position at the trade deadline. They can sell, but they are also just a few points out of a playoff spot. Ron Hextall won’t let the long-term vision impact this season, but he might be hesitant to trade a rental if the price isn’t right.
Gagner has played really well this week filling in for the Flyers top forwards. First Claude Giroux, then Jake Voracek. He has three goals in his last four games and looks like a completely different player than the one that struggled earlier in the year. Similar rental players have been flying off the shelves for mid-round picks. I’d expect Hextall to be able to get a second round pick at best, third round pick at worst. Anything less than that and you just roll with Gagner as a guy to fill in for injuries or add some scoring touch to the bottom six.
White is a part of the Flyers untouchable fourth line, but he’s another rental option for teams looking for a fourth line grinder or a physical presence. Not much has changed with him, but I could see the Flyers getting a fourth round pick or better for White. Hell, Hextall was able to get a third rounder for Zac Rinaldo, so anything is possible.
There hasn’t been much buzz around Read at all, and possibly for good reason. He’s a veteran guy that has a relatively high cap hit and long term for what he does. If a team is looking for a middle-six option for this year’s playoff run and beyond, they might be willing to give a pick or two for Read.
The Flyers extended Raffl for three years this afternoon, a great signing. He won’t be going anywhere.
The Jonathan Drouin sweepstakes is likely coming to an end today, and that is the only situation where I could see Hextall trading the young forward. He is playing some of the best hockey of his career recently in the last year of his bridge deal. He’s still a restricted free agent after this season, so he’ll likely be a part of this team’s core moving forward.
Streit has been playing some of his best hockey recently. He picked up his 400th career NHL point on Saturday in one of the best periods in his career. He had three assists after picking up a power play snipe on Thursday night. Teams always need defensemen and a boost to their special teams (power paly) as they head towards the playoffs. We’ll see if Streit’s contract isn’t too much to scare off potential suitors.
Medvedev has been out of the lineup as a healthy scratch for the past three games, but he was playing well prior to that. If a team sees the value that Medvedev can bring to them, they might be able to offer a third or fourth rounder and take him off of the Flyers’ hands. Brandon Manning somehow continues to play over him, so Medvedev must not be in their plans. However, I can only see the Flyers trading one of Streit or Medvedev, as they’d be losing a lot if they traded both.
Mums the word on Nick Schultz, and for good reason. If any team offered anything for Schultz at this point, I would take it. It would definitely be addition by subtraction.
It looks like the Flyers and Ron Hextall value Gudas for their future. They reportedly turned down an offer of two second round picks for him, which is probably more than he’s worth. He’s likely here to stay for at least the next year. He’s a restricted free agent, so he’ll probably get a slight raise in a two-year deal.
It’s gonna be a crazy 24 hours, stay tuned!
How many trades will Ron Hextall make in the next 24 hours?
- 1 (43%, 92 Votes)
- None (30%, 64 Votes)
- 2 (24%, 51 Votes)
- 3+ (4%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 215
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