A more aggressive trade philosophy seems to be tied in to the implementation of a new general manager for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek were having a trade rumor-related conversation on the latest edition of 31 Thoughts: The Podcast that began with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and then shifted to the Chicago Blackhawks.
“The other one I think is really interesting is Chuck Fletcher had his introductory media conference in Philadelphia today,” noted Friedman. “A couple of guys were telling me that Hextall, as much as Hextall loved Wayne Simmonds - and he loves Wayne Simmonds - he was not willing to give him term.
“Now I’m curious to see - Chuck Fletcher, who I think also has a lot of time for Wayne Simmonds, does he feel differently.”
“Fletcher comes in almost with - it almost seemed as if the job interview was, ‘How aggressive are you going to be at moving players,’” indicated Marek.
“It’s funny,” replied Friedman. “He came out on Monday night in Philly, he spoke to a couple of their beat reporters. I saw Sam Carchidi and Dave Isaac wrote about it. He was saying, ‘No, I’m going to take my time with Dave Hakstol. I’m going to take my time with the players and see what I’ve got here.’
“Meanwhile, all of the other teams are telling me at the Board of Governors that the Flyers want to make big trades right away. So I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen there.”
Simmonds, 30, is in the final season of a six-year contract worth a shade below $24 million.
The veteran winger has a modified no-trade clause in that pact which allows for a 12-team no-trade list.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly