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Updating Status Of Flyers’ Possible Trades; Another Snag With Blues?



Kevin Hayes
Kevin Hayes. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

In less than 24 hours, the Philadelphia Flyers have been reported or rumored to be involved in trade talks regarding three of their players.

Flyers management are back at it this morning, trying to work out the details that would finalize the deals and move the team’s rebuild to a new level.

A deal involving Kevin Hayes to St. Louis hit a snag along the way last night, sources said. Multiple reports indicate one of the Blues involved in the trade, Torey Krug, would not waive his no-trade clause. The Flyers reportedly are trying to flip the defenseman to another team — one for which he would waive his NTC.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted this within the hour: “We will see how this develops throughout the next day or so, but hearing this morning that Torey Krug is leaning towards not waiving his no-trade clause.”

The Philadelphia Flyers reportedly were to receive one of the Blues’ first-round picks, thought to be either the 25th overall or the 29th overall, a player and possibly a prospect. If Krug refuses to sign his NTC, the deal will have to be reworked.

Hayes has three years remaining on his contract at $7.1 million per year, according to PuckPedia.

Defenseman Travis Sanheim is thought to be part of the trade package to the Blues. After signing an 8-year, $50 million contract in October, Sanheim’s game shrunk. He was no longer the puck-carrying, reliable defenseman who landed that big deal.

He had 7 goals and 16 assists for 23 points in 81 games. His production doesn’t seem to equal his contract.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported last night that defenseman Tony DeAngelo would be traded back to Carolina. The Flyers traded for DeAngelo before last season. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported the Flyers would retain 50 percent of DeAngelo’s salary.

Multiple sources said the deal hit a snag last night. But this morning, that snag might have been resolved.

DeAngelo was benched the final five games of the season and wasn’t happy about it. DeAngelo was a defensive liability with a team-high minus-27 rating.

He only has one year remaining on his contract, at a manageable $5 million. A DeAngelo trade might be addition by subtraction as the Flyers move forward.

Trades have many moving parts. Deals that seem solid often hit unforeseeable problems. General managers can get cold feet. It’s just the way the business works.

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