Here we go again.
Chuck Fletcher and the Philadelphia Flyers seem to be controlling most of the moves this offseason and that may not change anytime soon. After trading for two right-handed defensemen in the span of five days, teams are beginning to wonder about the availability of a young left-handed defenseman, according to Pierre LeBrun.
Flyers after acquiring two D have gotten calls from a few teams on LHD Shayne Gostisbehere. I think they would rather keep him but are listening. I believe Montreal is among those teams who have inquired.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 20, 2019
A rumor — that was assumed to be bogus — popped up last week involving Gostisbehere and Montreal, but it may have had more weight to it than we thought. I don’t think Gostisbehere would be traded for the two names he was linked to, but Montreal may have very well asked about Ghost.
It’s no surprise that teams are at least calling about Gostisbehere; especially after the trades for Matt Niskanen and Justin Braun. However, it is good to hear that they would rather keep him, which they should.
Gostisbehere is coming off of a down season with 37 points (nine goals, 28 assists) in 78 games, but there is no reason for the Flyers to sell him low. If they can get back great value for him, it may be worth looking into with Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim as potential top-four left defensemen and Robert Hagg and Sam Morin rounding out the third pair and seventh d-man. However, the risk may not be worth the reward.
Even in a down year of 37 points, that tied him for 33rd-most among defensemen in the league. If Gostisbehere bottoms out as he did last season, he’ll still be a good third-pairing power-play specialist. If they trade him and he bounces back to top-pair form, the Flyers would deeply regret it.
Gostisbehere broke onto the scene and became a household name in his rookie season. He had 65 points in 78 games in 2017-18 while playing top-pair minutes. There are plenty of reasons to keep Ghost in the fold.
The Flyers should not trade Shayne Gostisbehere.