The going rate to trade for Flyers goalie Carter Hart is two first-round picks, according to San Jose Hockey Now, citing a source. For starters.
The source was asked if two first-rounders would start the conversation.
“Start it, yes,” the source said, “but that wouldn’t end it.”
There is no league-wide fixed price on Hart’s value. He is worth what teams are willing to offer — and what the Flyers are amenable to.
What the Flyers want and what’s on the bargaining table likely are two different things. There is great dispute over whether the Flyers should even trade Hart, their 24-year-old franchise goaltender.
The pros of a Hart trade: The Flyers could seriously ramp up their rebuild, in a draft reportedly stuffed with talent.
The cons of a Hart trade: He’s the Flyers’ best player at the game’s most important position. He’s young. His best days are in the future as the Flyers improve.
NHL Network Insider Elliotte Friedman said on The Jeff Marek Show, on Sportsnet 590 The Fan, “Someone told me to dial back the Carter Hart [trade talk]. They don’t think that is necessarily on the front burner and we should take a timeout on that one, so I will.”
‘Open For Business’
Flyers general manager Daniel Briere has said, several times, that he will listen to trade scenarios. Whether Hart is on the “front burner” or not, Briere is open to trade exploration.
“I’m still in the same spot I was,” Briere said at a news conference Tuesday after the Ivan Provorov blockbuster trade.
“We’re open for business. We listen on everybody. Everybody’s being treated the same way for us on our side.”
Would the Flyers be satisfied with two first-rounders for Hart? Would a team be willing to give up two first-rounders? Fans and general managers always want more, naturally. But realistically, is that Hart’s fair trade value?
The Flyers should have a price in mind for Hart. Making trades means negotiations. What the Flyers think is a fair price might not be what teams are willing to offer. If that’s the case, the Flyers should sit it out — draw a line in the sand.
Yes, the Flyers are rebuilding and need assets. But they should bargain from a presumed position of strength. Teams likely want Hart more than the Flyers want to trade him.
The Oilers might think Hart is the final piece to serious Stanley Cup contention. That raises the stakes in the Flyers’ favor.
The Flyers don’t *have* to trade Hart. They should sift through offers and proceed cautiously. Hart still is their franchise goalie.
Other Trade Possibilities
The Flyers are looking into trades for Kevin Hayes (Blue Jackets; first reported in March) and Tony DeAngelo. Friedman reports the Flyers are “aggressive” about trading DeAngelo, who was healthy-scratched the final five games of the season by coach John Tortorella.
TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun reports the Flyers could expect one or two serious offers for Travis Konecny this summer. Konecny was the Flyers’ leading goal-scorer with 31. The Flyers were 29th in the league in scoring this past season.
If the Flyers accept the next year or two will be painful, they might stomach trading their leading scorer. Like Hart, the Flyers should get a return that exceeds their expectations. Don’t trade Konecny just to make a trade. He’s only 26 years old and coming off a career-high in goals.
This news comes within a week of the Flyers trading their best defenseman, Provorov, for a first-round draft pick, two other picks and three players. And within a few weeks of the persistent reporting on Hart.
With the draft and free agency less than a month away, teams are talking trades. You better believe the phones are humming, deals are being proposed and rejected, and follow-up calls are placed.
And you better believe Briere is right in the thick of everything.
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