All signs are pointing to the flyers bolstering their roster when the trade deadline comes around next month. the Flyers seem to be in the market for a veteran winger, hence them trying to aquire Jamie Langenbrunner a couple of weeks back. Players rumored to be on the Flyers' radar are Andrew Brunette, Eric Cole and Chris Clark, amonng many others. The Flyers are reportedly not looking for younger players like Kris Versteeg and Scottie Upshall. From rescent reports, the Flyers would like to aquire a player who's contract is up at the end of the season.
So if the Flyers are looking to get another players, what players on the current roster are vulnerable to trades? After the jump, I will list the untouchables, the unlikely players to be traded, the players who may be traded and the probably tradable assets.
None of these players will likely be traded when the deadline comes around. Giroux, Carter, Richards, BOB and JVR are the future of the team and Briere, Timonen and Pronger are the veteran leaders on the team. Expect this core of players to stay.
Most of the players will stay, but I don't consider them the "core" of the team. Although none are likely to be traded, they're not considered "untouchable". The three young defensemen in Carle, Meszaros and Coburn are all unlikely to be dealt. The defense is working very well and there's no reason to fix anything that isn't broken. O'Donnell is also going nowhere, for the same reason as the other three. Shelley is here because he seems to be a favourite in the dressing room, and it's doubtful that any team would pick up Shelley's hefty contract. Betts is going to stay because of his top-notch penalty killing and leadership in the dressing room. Leino and Hartnell are also probably going to be sticking around. The two have too much chemistry along with Briere to be dealt, plus Hartnell has a no-trade clause while Leino is expecting a deal in the near future. Boosh will probably be staying with the Flyers. He has performed great this year, and has done everything asked of him.
These three may be dealt if a proper deal comes around. I like all three, but they may be vulnerable to a trade should a good deal comes along. Car-Bomb and Powe are in the final years of their deals and may be attractive assets to teams looking for grit. Bartulis could be attractive to a team based on his age and his contract. He is still young and has a very friendly cap-hit at only 600k per season.
Andreas Nodl and Nikolai Zherdev
These two will probably be the first to go should the Flyers elect to try and aquire a veteran winger. If the Flyers are going to aquire a winger, one winger will have to be dealt. Zherdev has been Laviolette's wipping boy all season, and is probably going to be shopped around come the trade deadline. He is an attractive asset and could bring a lot in return. He is also in the final year of his deal. Nodl is also due for a new deal at season's end. Nodl has played well this year, mostly playing alongside Richards on the top-line. But Nodl may be an attractive asset for his young age and solid skills. The Flyers may look to deal Nodl based on the fact that he is due for a raise next season, which the Flyers may not be able to afford.