TSN's Ian Mendes delved into the Senators-Lightning trade last season that sent Ottawa goaltender Ben Bishop to Tampa Bay in exchange for breakout rookie Cory Conacher. The trade itself was pretty big but it sent shock-waves throughout the NHL, specifically in Philadelphia where Flyers fans were tired of dealing with uncertain goaltending.
That's where it gets interesting. Mendes reports that the Senators first choice was Sean Couturier, not Conacher, and the Flyers were seriously considering the deal. In fact, Mendes says "it looked like it may happen right up until 12 noon on deadline day" and the Flyers even claimed Adam Hall off waivers to potentially replace Couturier.
Ultimately, as everyone knows, the Flyers got cold feet and backed out of the deal.
This story breaks on a great day for Flyers fans as Couturier is coming off a two-goal, four-point performance in a big 6-3 victory over Detroit last night. The 20-year-old has turned things around offensively and is really producing along with his new linemates. Couturier (5 G, 5 A - 10 pts), Matt Read (5 G, 3 A - 8 pts in 9GP), and Steve Downie (1 G, 6 A - 7 pts) have combined for 25 points in the Flyers’ last 10 games (11 G- 14 A).
It looks like holding onto Couturier might've been a wise decision.
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