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Flyers Likely to Trade Shayne Gostisbehere

Speculation is that the Philadelphia Flyers will do what they can to trade defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere this year.

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While trades aren’t happening now, Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi writes that it’s extremely likely the Philadelphia Flyers will trade defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere within the next year. Part of that could be his production over the past two seasons but another part could be the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft.

Carchidi writes that with the expansion draft coming in 2021, and with the team likely to only protect three defensemen, Gostisbehere is the piece of the puzzle that doesn’t quite fit.

Carchidi explains:

“Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, and Phil Myers would probably be the defensemen the Flyers protect. That would leave Shayne Gostisbehere available, though he could have a bounce-back season in 2020-21 to give the Flyers a reason to pause.”

Whether or not the Flyers will have luck trading Gostisbehere is another story. He’s a $4.5 million d-man with three seasons left on his current contract after this one. While there are worse deals for less productive players in the NHL, Gostisbehere has not produced at the level the Flyers expected.

Gostisbehere Has Struggled, No Longer a Sure Thing

His 2017-18 season was one many people believed might be a breakout campaign for him. 65 points in 78 games led many to believe he would become one of the NHL’s premiere offensive defensemen. That didn’t happen.

By the time 2019-20 season came and (possibly) went, he had only played in 42 games and contributed 12 points. He’s certainly not the reliable bet he once was.

If Gostisbehere can’t be moved, there are even questions as to whether or not the Seattle team would select him with one of their picks if given the opportunity, although many are leaning towards that being the case. The Flyers will do what they can to get an asset in return before finding out.

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