Three potential targets for the Flyers using Fletcher’s opportunistic formula

Newly crowned, or not so newly crowned General Manager Chuck Fletcher cannot put down the phone this offseason. The Flyers had many holes to fill to hopefully become contenders once again, as well as some house cleaning of their own with RFA’s in Travis Sanheim, Travis Konecny, Ivan Provorov, Scott Laughton, Justin Bailey, and Ryan Hartman. Of course, Hartman and Bailey are out of the equation, and Sanheim re-signed earlier in the offseason. However, Fletcher still has to tie down Konecny, Provorov, and Laughton. So are there any other moves that Fletcher will make, or can make this offseason to bolster their roster?

Fletcher did state to the media last week,I don’t foresee another move as we get closer to camp, but again, there are a lot of teams that are going to have significant challenges this summer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many teams over the cap or at the cap.”

Fletcher continues,That’s when you factor in future signings that they have to make here with their RFAs and to fill out their roster. There could be opportunity. If we can find a clear upgrade, we will.

With that being said, here are three targets that might be of interest for the Flyers. These players currently play for the Vegas Golden Knights and Tampa Bay Lightning, to which both of these teams are cap strapped.

Nikita Gusev (VGK)

It is rumored he wants $4 million per season, well the Flyers could have $4 million in cap space after re-signing their RFA’s. Gusev obliterated the KHL this past season as he potted 17 goals, to go along with 65 apples for the SKA St. Petersburg squad.

This Left Winger has a lethal shot, and his vision of the ice is impeccable. Gusev would instantly make the Flyers better, and the orange and black would finally be able to roll 4 consistent lines on a nightly basis.

Ryan Reaves (VGK)

The Flyers could use his toughness and grit as well as his ability to pot a goal or two here and there. Ryan Hartman was traded a few weeks ago, and there went the Flyers toughness. Who better than to replace Hartman than Reaves?

Reaves scored 9 goals, and added 11 assists for the 2018-19 season. He can drop the mitts with the best of them but can score a big goal as well. Losing Simmonds was one thing, Hartman another, but the Flyers have to find that tenacity from somewhere.

Alex Killorn (TBL)

A real solid two-way player that can provide a big goal. At 29-years-old he is still in the prime of his career. He is a fantastic Penalty Killer, and Flyers fans know all too well that the orange and black could use some help on the PK.

Killorn could fill a need on the third or fourth lines and could provide a bit of scoring touch to either. Will Killorn ever score 20 goals? Who knows, but he put together another solid year for the Lightning in 2018-19. For the season, Killorn tallied 18 goals, and chipped in 22 assists for a total of 40 points.

The Flyers may make another splash this off-season, and it may come from a cap-strapped team. This organization knows what a loyal fanbase they have, and the orange and black want nothing more than to win. One thing is certain Flyers fans, the future is bright in Flyer land.

Jamey Baskow, 34, Flyers Guru, Sports Enthuiast
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8 thoughts on “Three potential targets for the Flyers using Fletcher’s opportunistic formula

  1. I agree with the Reaves signing he fits in the cap number, brings toughness and makes us harder to play against. Also protection for G and the young boys. Good article.

  2. Since it has become fairly obvious Shayne Gostisbehere’s days as a Flyer are growing shorter by the day, there is one player I would trade him for: Nikita Gusev. They are both 26 and Gusev May just be the wing the Flyers are missing. Vegas has their back up against the cap and the Flyers can’t protect Ghost in the 2021 Seattle draft. Of course,, the Flyers might have to eat some of Ghost’s salary, but Gusev seems to be available to the highest bidder. Numerous teams are after Gusev, but as much as I hate most of Charles Fletcher’s moves so far, I approve of this one. It’s possibly a win, win for both teams. The Flyers also have 8 defensemen going into the 2019/20 season, so Fletcher is trading at least one or two of the following: Sam Morin, Robert Hagg, or Ghost. Why not go after a true sniper, Nikita Gusev.

  3. I hope he’s right, Fletcher that is, think getting Trouba would have been better than Niskanen and Braun, would have kept Simmonds and Gudas, signing Trouba, would have been better move in my opinion, aggressive, being aggressive would have seen a few offer sheets for a star player, they are hard to get, specially if your a perrenial bubble team, your never going to get a number 1 overall, ever, only a few ways to get those and there a few out there right now, Pavelski would have been nice over Hayes, less term same .money, way more offense, just my opinion, hope this guys right, sadly probably not, Hayes, good player, not worth 7.14 million, Niskanen was great 3 years ago, Braun, exactly who is that, bad move, never was, way too much cap hit, Trouba way better option, him and Provy would have been an awesome top pair, for next 7 or 8 years, could have had considering how Rangers got him, paid way too much, way too soon, bad moves, Hayes will be annexed by fans in 2 maybe 3 years, would have had money too make a run at Marner or Laine or Point, Werenski, Macavoy, aggressive to get garbage San Hose was dying to get rid of, kept a 3rd of Gudas contract, and traded away Simmonds for a nothing basically, Subban another great option, Fletcher, were u sleeping on those and he’ll trade Ghost for next to nothing, great player signed on great contract, why would we keep him????, Hope I’m wrong but, seemed pretty obvious to most, I did at first think this guy hates the Flyers and is here to ruin Us, or hes just got very different ideas, or we have a horrible GM, who makes terrible moves, again just my opinion, thanks Chuck

    1. Scott,

      After Fletcher re-signs TK, Provy, and Laughton the Flyers will have approximately three to four million dollars left in cap space. Ryan Reaves contract is $2.75 million. That’s well within the cap. Moreover, Fletcher is able to go over 10% of cap in the summer. If pitlick does not make the roster in the fall that sheds another 2 million off the cap. Wherein lies Fletcher is able to trade for gusev. I didn’t say this last week, Fletcher did. So I guess he’s stupid too. If you read the article Fletcher hinted at picking up players from cap strapped teams. He said this to us in the conference call. In any sense thanks for the read, guess we’re all stupid

  4. How do you have a job? The Flyers don’t have the cap space to free up cap space for another team. This is stupid.

    1. Scott,

      After Fletcher re-signs TK, Provy, and Laughton the Flyers will have approximately three to four million dollars left in cap space. Ryan Reaves contract is $2.75 million. That’s well within the cap. Moreover, Fletcher is able to go over 10% of cap in the summer. If pitlick does not make the roster in the fall that sheds another 2 million off the cap. Wherein lies Fletcher is able to trade for gusev. I didn’t say this last week, Fletcher did. So I guess he’s stupid to o. If you read the article Fletcher hinted at picking up players from cap strap teams. He said this to us in the conference call. In any sense thanks for the read, guess we’re all stupid

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