Either way there is pressure mounting around the Flyers organization as reports came out over the weekend that coach Peter Laviolette is on the hot seat.
No matter how you break it down, the Flyers are struggling to score and a coaching change might not be the answer. The Philadelphia Daily News' Frank Seravalli reports that the Flyers have been "kicking around" the possibility of trading for Calgary Flames forward Curtis Glencross. Seravalli cites the presence of Flames scouts at two of the first three Flyers games and a bevy of Flyers scouts, including assistant general manager Ron Hextall, at all three of the Flames games this season.
Glencross, 30, has been a solid player for the Flames since 2008 and is currently one of the team's assistant captains. He is coming off a 15-goal, 11-assist season in 40 games last year and has recorded 24 and 26 goals in each of the last two 82 game seasons. So far this year he has one goal and one assist in three games but is a gritty, two-way forward. The winger carried a $2.55 million cap-hit for the next two seasons which the Flyers can fit due to their LTIR relief.
The Flames need defensive help and the Flyers have too many expensive defensemen which is forcing the likes of Erik Gustafsson to be a healthy scratch. Calgary has $13 million worth of cap space so taking on a larger, expiring contract (say, Andrej Meszaros?) isn't totally out of the question.
Paul Holmgren is certainly not afraid to pull the trigger on a trade and, if it means his job is on the line, it would be unlikely that he gets conservative now.
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