In a shocking move, the Philadelphia Flyers placed defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on waivers on Tuesday.
From President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Chuck Fletcher, via the Flyers:
The Philadelphia Flyers have placed defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on waivers today.
Gostisbehere has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 25 games this season. The 27-year-old defenseman’s play has gotten worse over the years, but placing him on waivers seems like a risky move by the Flyers.
Gostisbehere played 19:35 in Monday night’s comeback win in Buffalo. That includes 7:17 in the third period. Gostisbehere had six shot attempts, three scoring chances, and two shots on goal in the comeback win. Going from playing over a third of a period of a must-win game to being placed on waivers is a head-scratching move.
It could be an interesting few days in Philadelphia.
Gostisbehere has three years left on his contract with a $4.5 million cap hit per season. He hasn’t played his best this season, especially in the defensive zone, but he has enough offensive upside to deserve a spot on an NHL roster.
The Flyers may be trying to clear some cap space to make a bigger move. However, risking losing Gostisbehere for nothing isn’t ideal. The once-promising young defenseman is still great on the power play and in the offensive zone. With the right partner, or in the right system, he can still be a solid defenseman.
There has been a change needed within the Flyers roster or organization this month, but waiving Gostisbehere shouldn’t have been at the top of the list. With 24 games left in the season, Chuck Fletcher must be working on something bigger if he’s waiving Gostisbehere.
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