McKenzie on ‘multifaceted’ trade mindset for Flyers

As the February 25 trade deadline approaches, which players might the Philadelphia Flyers be willing to move out the door?

Bob McKenzie had a Monday morning radio hit on Montreal’s TSN 690, and was asked about any possibility of Chuck Fletcher dealing Shayne Gostisbehere.

“I don’t think he’s got an agenda that says, ‘I’ve got to get Shayne Gostisbehere out of town here,’ but I think he’s also willing to listen on just about anybody,” said McKenzie. “They’ve got multifaceted plans in Philadelphia in terms of ‘We could keep this guy and we could move that guy, or we could that guy and move this guy,’ and flip it around depending on what the interest is and what the prices are.

“But Gostisbehere is a real good young defenseman who hasn’t played to his potential with the Philadelphia Flyers recently, and you’ve got to be careful to give those guys away. They’ve got a lot of really young defensemen that are not NHL-proven there. They’re looking for a veteran goaltender to mentor Carter Hart and insulate him a little bit in his development. They’re looking for a veteran Top-4 defenseman to insulate some of their younger players, and they’re looking for a veteran forward up front.

‘As you point out with Simmonds, they’ve got to either sign him or trade him. I think it’s more likely he’s traded, although they haven’t closed the door on signing him either. So we’ll see where that goes.

“But Gostisbehere is a name that’s been out there, but I don’t know that it’s at the top of the list of things that Chuck Fletcher wants to move out of town. That’s not to say that he wouldn’t for the right price.”

Gostisbehere is in the second season of a six-year, $27 million contract, which carries a $4.5 million cap hit, and after which he’ll be an unrestricted free agent.


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