The NHL trade freeze lifted at 1 p.m. EDT and the Philadelphia Flyers have already made a trade. The Flyers traded Shayne Gostisbehere and picks to the Arizona Coyotes, the team announced.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced have traded defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, a second-round pick in 2022 and a seventh-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, previously acquired from the Montreal Canadiens in the trade for Erik Gustafsson, to the Arizona Coyotes, according to President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Chuck Fletcher.
“This was a difficult decision but one we thought was necessary given the reality of the salary cap,” said Fletcher. “Shayne has been a quality player for this organization since the moment he arrived in Philadelphia and has been a part of many special moments in his seven seasons as a Flyer.”
Gostisbehere has 219 points (60 goals, 159 assists) in 381 games across seven seasons with the Flyers. He peaked in the 2017-18 season with 65 points (13 goals, 52 assists) in 78 games, finishing 10th in the Norris Trophy voting.
Shayne Gostisbehere has a cap hit of $4.5 million for the next two seasons. The 28-year-old defenseman has been up-and-down in recent years due to injuries and playing style. A fresh start in the right role could do wonders for Gostisbehere.
Trading Gostisbehere seemed almost inevitable this offseason. The Flyers had been shopping him for at least a year and the defenseman cleared waivers last season.
Clearing $4.5 million in cap space opens up the possibility for a Taraesenko for Jakub Voracek swap. Voracek has an $8.25 million cap hit for three years while Tarasenko has a $7.5 million cap hit for two more years.
The Flyers now have nearly $14 million ($13.885) in cap space to sign RFAs Carter Hart and Travis Sanheim, add a backup goalie, and perhaps make another trade or two.
Good luck to Gostisbehere in Arizona (or wherever his final destination may be). This trade should be a precursor to a bigger move this weekend. Stay tuned…
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