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Flyers trade Cutter Gauthier to Anaheim Ducks for Jamie Drysdale



Jamie Drysdale
The Philadelphia Flyers trade Cutter Gauthier for Ducks defenseman Jamie Drysdale. (Photo: AP)

We have some breaking NHL news, folks. The Philadelphia Flyers announced Monday, during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, that the club would be trading Cutter Gauthier to the Anaheim Ducks for Jamie Drysdale and a 2025 second-round pick.

NHL insider Elliotte Friedman shared that the Flyers had trouble meeting with Gauthier during the 2024 World Junior Championships and that the belief was the 19-year-old did not want to play in Philadelphia. Therefore, Flyers GM Danny Briere made the move to trade Gauthier while his value was at its highest.

Drysdale, 21, was drafted by the Ducks 6th overall in the 2020 NHL Draft, but has struggled to stay healthy for most of his NHL career. In 10 games this season, the Flyers’ newest defenseman has scored one goal, four assists, and five points. Drysdale signed a three-year, $6.9 million contract extension with the Ducks on Oct. 5, but GM Pat Verbeek has clearly decided to go a different route just a few months into the new deal.

It’ll be interesting to see how Drysdale fits into the Flyers’ defense. Sean Walker and Rasmus Ristolainen have manned the right side behind Travis Sanheim, who is a left-shot defenseman. Egor Zamula recently solidified his place in the Flyers lineup, and Nick Seeler has munched a lot of minutes for the Flyers as well. One of those guys is going to end up being the odd-man out. We will have further clarity on this in the future and after Danny Briere speaks to the media regarding the deal.

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