NHL Daily: Flyers Have Trade Chips; Jeff Carter Sparks Pens
With an abundance of right wingers — some proven, some with great potential — the Philadelphia Flyers have some trade chips if they want to upgrade other positions such as center and defense.
Assuming Danny Briere is named the full-time general manager, he could move Travis Konecny and fill a couple other needs. Konecny, currently injured, has a career-high 27 goals in 52 games this season. He just turned 26 and is in his prime. He could bring a big return.
The Flyers’ other right wingers are Cam Atkinson, Owen Tippett, Tyson Foerster, Wade Allison, and Bobby Brink.
Meanwhile, former Flyer Jeff Carter ended a drought by scoring a pair of goals and helping the Penguins register a much-needed 5-2 win in Colorado. Carter, 38, who has been a much-maligned player in Pittsburgh, hadn’t scored since Feb. 26, an 11-game drought.
With the win, Pittsburgh (80 points) slipped past Florida (79) — which was upset by the Flyers on Tuesday — for the last wild-card spot.
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Philly Hockey Now: With a plethora of talented and/or promising right wingers, the Flyers are in position to make a summer deal to help their rebuild. Philly Hockey Now.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: “I couldn’t care less what you guys write,” said Jeff Carter, who has been sharply criticized in Pittsburgh, after the Penguins’ important victory in Denver. Pittsburgh Penguins.
Colorado Hockey Now: The Avs missed an opportunity to move into first place with the loss to the Pens. Colorado Avalanche.
Montreal Hockey Now: The Habs got good and bad news on the injury front. Montreal and the Flyers are jockeying back and forth in the draft-lottery sweepstakes. Montreal Canadiens.
Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid scored twice, including the overtime winner, to reach the 60-goal mark as the host Oilers edged Arizona, 4-3. Connor McDavid.
Boston Hockey Now: No surprise: Peers believe the Bruins’ Brad Marchand is the player they “least enjoy playing against, but would love to have on their team,” according to a poll by the NHLPA. Boston Bruins.
LA Hockey Now: The Kings continue to get good production from several young players. Los Angeles Kings.