Philadelphia Daily News Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli thinks that it might be a good idea if the Flyers were sellers at this year’s trading deadline. This might rub some fans the wrong way, especially if they have aspirations of Hal Gill, Rick Nash, or even Luke Schenn. Seravalli reminds us that the Flyers were not expected to be contenders this year and that they should use this year as a building block for years to come.
“Is a rental defenseman like Montreal veteran Hal Gill or even Toronto's 22-year-old Luke Schenn really going to put this team over the top? Which key, young piece would you give up for one of them? The biggest names, like Nashville's Ryan Suter and Shea Weber, aren't even available - and if they are, it will be in the summer.
That's why it might even make sense for the Flyers to move a piece or two - and become sellers for a change - if they can get a meaningful younger player who would change their dynamic moving forward. Wasn't trading Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, though financially lucrative, an admission that this team has a master plan that takes years and not months to come to fruition?”
The idea in itself is not a terrible idea and it is not out of the question…. In theory. How will the city react if this team does not make the playoffs? What was the point of signing Jaromir Jagr to a one year $3.3 million deal if they were not serious about making a run at the Stanley Cup this year? If the Flyers become sellers, their PR department better be ready for backlash because this might not go over well, especially since the team has been linked to the likes of Ryan Suter, Luke Schenn, Rick Nash, and Shea Weber.
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