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NHL Daily: Trades Galore; Flyers Quiet as Deadline Nears

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The Flyers' Kevin Hayes (left) is having a career season, but he is on the trade block. The trade deadline is Friday at 3 p.m. Photo: AP.

There were a slew of trades Tuesday around the NHL, but the Philadelphia Flyers did not join the frenzy.

Yet.

Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher is searching for prospects and/or draft picks, and said his pending unrestricted free agents are drawing the most interest.

That means James van Riemsdyk, Justin Braun and Patrick Brown could be changing cities before Friday’s 3 p.m deadline. Underrated defenseman Nick Seeler, who is signed through the end of next season at $775,000 per year, is drawing lots of interest, Fletcher said.

The GM also made it clear he wants to get younger, and that he will listen to offers for center/left winger Kevin Hayes.

While Fletcher has yet to make a deal involving someone on the Flyers’ roster this season, NHL teams made numerous deals Tuesday. One of them sends Chicago’s Patrick Kane to the New York Rangers for a second-round pick, which could become a first-rounder, and a fourth-round 2023 selection.

For these stories, and many others, check out our NHL links below:

Around the NHL and National Hockey Now

Philly Hockey Now: GM Chuck Fletcher talked about what he’s trying to accomplish at the trade deadline, and gave an injury update on Travis Konecny. Philadelphia Flyers.

NHL Trade Tracker: Our man with Detroit Hockey Now, Nate Brown, analyzes all the big deals. Detroit Hockey Now.

New York Rangers: What will the addition of Kane do for the Rangers? New York Rangers.

Toronto Maple Leafs. No one was busier than Toronto, which hasn’t won a playoff series in 19 years. The Leafs traded defensman Rasmus Sandin to Washington for former Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson and a first round pick in 2023; acquired another ex-Flyers defenseman, Luke Schenn, by sending a 2023 third-round pick to Vancouver; and dealt Pierre Engvall to the Islanders for a third-rounder in 2024. Toronto Maple Leafs.

Washington Hockey Now: The Capitals’ perspective on acquiring Sandin. Washington Capitals.

PHN: This Flyers Defenseman Wouldn’t Mind Getting Traded

Minnesota Wild: In two separate trades, the Wild landed forwards Marcus Johansson and Gustav Nyquist. Nyquist is still recovering from a shoulder injury but is expected to be ready for the playoffs. Will the deals prevent Minny from acquiring James van Riemsdyk from the Flyers? He lives in Minnesota in the offseason. Minnesota Wild.

New York Islanders Hockey Now: With wingers Mathew Barzal, Cal Clutterbuck, and Oliver Wahlstrom injured, the Isles are hoping Engvall (12 goals) can pick up some of the slack. Van Riemsdyk has also been rumored to be drawing interest from the Isles. New York Islanders.

Edmonton Oilers: The high-scoring Oilers acquired defenseman Mattias Eckholm from Nashville in a deal that involved three players and three draft picks. Edmonton Oilers.

Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes acquired 6-foot-4, 201-pound forward Jesse Puljujarvi form Edmonton for a forward prospect. Carolina Hurricanes.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: In moves made to apparently open roster spots and gain cap space for a trade or two, the Penguins placed defenseman Mark Friedman and winger Brock McGinn on waivers. Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose Hockey Now: The Sharks acquired NCAA defenseman Henry Thrun’s rights from Anaheim for a third-round pick in 2024 He stars for Harvard. San Jose Sharks.

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