Chuck Fletcher came into his new gig with the Flyers hungry for change, but the big trades have yet to materialize.
Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, and was asked for his read on the Flyers in that realm.
“I think they really wanted to make some big moves,” indicated Friedman. “I think Chuck Fletcher has wisely thrown the blanket on that, at least for now - just evaluate and see what they’ve got. Also, when you go out there and other teams smell desperation, that’s when you get into trouble. I think Fletcher has really tried to avoid that too.
“I think Simmonds is going to be traded. I think there’s a few teams looking at him. But as for the big moves, I’m not sure if those will happen now or they’ll take a little bit longer.
“They’re not trading Giroux. They’re probably not trading a few of their young players. I do think there were teams who were interested in Nolan Patrick and were curious to see if they would be as married to him without Hextall there, but I think Fletcher is careful to resist that.
“If you were to tell me that some of their biggest moves might not be made until the offseason, I could see the possibility of that.”
Simmonds is on an expiring six-year, $23.85 million contract with an affordable cap hit of slightly less than $4 million.
The winger also has a modified no-trade clause in that pact, through which he can void 12 destinations.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly