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Report: Team Asks Flyers About Trading for Seeler And Walker

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Would the Philadelphia Flyers really ship out Nick Seeler and Sean Walker together? (Photo: AP)

Could the Philadelphia Flyers really trade an entire defense pairing to another team? It could happen.

On Saturday, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reported on Hockey Night in Canada that there was a team that asked the Flyers about a Nick Seeler-Sean Walker package deal.

“I do think that there was at least one team that asked about the pair of Sean Walker and Nick Seeler, and would the Flyers be willing to deal them together when the time comes,” Friedman said.

For starters, Walker has been one of the most popular names on the NHL trade market, and Rasmus Ristolainen has gotten his time in the sun recently as well. Nick Seeler has gotten less fanfare then his two teammates, though the 30-year-old was one of the top names on TSN’s latest Trade Bait list.

The key to any trade involving Seeler or Walker is that their salaries are relatively modest, making it easy for cap-strapped contenders to fit them in. For example, Seeler and Walker together would run a team less than $3.5 million against their cap hit. That is rather inexpensive for two players that have played at a high level in a top-four role. Plus, it’s not like they’re doing it on a bad team – the Flyers have done very well this season.

The caveat, though, is that very few teams have the requisite cap space to add both Seeler and Walker, which means that the Flyers’ mystery caller is a team that needs to send money the other way. If you’re getting Deja vu, it’s because GM Danny Briere pulled off a similar heist in the summer, which landed them Walker to begin with. See how it all comes full circle?

Friedman was also careful to reiterate that the Flyers are not in a rush to make a trade, and particularly because they’re playing well. If/when the time comes, we could be seeing some fresh faces rocking the Orange and Black.

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