Flyers Weekly Mailbag: Who should the Flyers target at the deadline?


How bout them red-hot Philadelphia Flyersssssssss!!!!!!! Good Ole Pond hockey is back in the City of Brotherly Love. The Flyers seemed to be dead in the water a few months ago, but since the coaching change, they have started to find a level of consistency.

Of course, the one, the only Carter Hart has had a lot to do with the Flyers resurgence in the standings. He has injected the Flyers locker room with life, and honestly, it’s been a breath of fresh air these days inside the locker room. One question still remains can the Flyers make the playoffs? Who knows, we shall see. Without further delay, here are our answers to your questions.

Offensively, I would think that the Flyers would try to pry Artemi Panarin or Mark Stone away from their respective clubs. Defensively, I think they would be interested in Colton Parayko or Alec Martinez from the Los Angeles Kings.

How can Fletcher not be interested in Panarin or Stone? They are my 1A (Panarin), and 1B (Stone) in the off-season if they are not traded at the deadline. I just can’t see Ottawa letting Stone walk away for nothing in return, especially since Ottawa is well out of the playoffs at this point. Panarin would be a little more difficult to pry away as the Columbus Blue Jackets are in the Flyers division, and are in the midst of the playoff race. In this case, Stone would more likely be an easier target.

Parayko or Martinez would be a welcome addition as a Flyers top 4 Defenseman. Martinez is 100% healthy again, and just logged 21:25 in TOI against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Moreover, Martinez finished the game with 2 hits, 2 blocks, and was a plus 2. Parayko hits the net with accuracy, as he has a rocket from the point. He has tallied 9 goals, and 5 assists on the season, while logging 22:41 ATOI for the season. I mean what can Parayko not do? This trade deadline will be an interesting one, stay tuned and have some popcorn handy for this one.

Wayne Simmonds would be a great addition for the Nashville Predators. He would immediately provide grit, and hard work to a club that might in need of such. Moreover, I do believe Simmonds would agree to be traded to the Predators, as he would reunite with Peter Laviolette. Simmonds does have a Modified Trade Clause. He can provide a list of 12 teams to be traded to, and I can almost guarantee the Predators would be on his list.

A top prospect would tip the scale to acquire Wayne Simmonds, but there’s no way the Predators part with Eeli Tolvanen. Moreover, Emil Pettersson would not tip the scale in terms of a trade for Simmonds either. Pettersson is a solid Center, as he is playing some good hockey for Milwaukee Admirals. On the season thus far, Pettersson has tallied 11, goals, and 22 assists in 48 games played.

Kevin Fiala would more than likely be a part of this deal, and Kyle Turris returning to full health by Mid-February may make him that more expendable. You have to give in order to receive, and Fiala would be that player. Fiala has tallied 9 goals, and 20 assists on the season, but the best part about Fiala is he can play both Wing positions. The Flyers need to restock the Right Wing position, so Fiala would do just that.

I do not believe the Flyers will resign Simmonds in the off-season, in the event he is indeed traded. If he is traded to the Predators, I believe he will resign with them to stay with Laviolette.

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Carter Hart is an amazing, feel-good story. He’s literally carried this team on his back for close to 2 months now. Morgan Frost I believe will make the team outright next season out of Training Camp. Frost, in my opinion, will be a very good player for the Flyers for years to come. However, Frost might not be the talk of the town like Hart is now. Hart is a rockstar. He can literally go anywhere to eat in Philadelphia and eat for free. In 6 months Hart will never have to purchase a drink in Philly when he turns 21 in August.

Frost will be successful in his rookie campaign, but he may have some lows. We haven’t seen Hart with many lows yet, so it will be tough for Frost to match that. Frost will be successful…trust me, I just don’t know if he would be the talk of the town in his rookie season.

Brandon thanks for your support. Without you, this site doesn’t exist today.

Facebook- Sean Sciabarrasi- Hey Jamey, what do you think is a realistic return if we traded Jake?

Depending on the immediate NHL player, Jake could fetch a pretty solid NHL player, 1-2 prospects, and a pick. Now if Jamie Benn is involved, the deal would be Jake for Benn straight up. It really all depends on the immediate NHL player involved.

The Flyers could get a pretty nice haul for Jake, especially if they eat some salary on his cap hit. I will say it’s very unlikely Fletcher moves on from the core at this point, however, the trade deadline will be very interesting for sure.

Sean thanks so much for your support. Without you, this site doesn’t exist today.

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