Without even time for the dust to settle from the draft carnage set upon the world by Sam Hinkie, Flyers GM Ron Hextall appears poised to usher in his own era of draft-night debauchery in his first year calling the shots. Though the Flyers have already been among the more active teams this offseason, it is expected that the draft is when Hextall and his front office will do most of their damage. It has already been reported that the team has put in substantial effort to try to rid themselves of Vincent Lecavalier and his $4.5 million cap hit to any team that will take him. There is also a great deal of speculation that the team wishes to move up in the first round to potentially bring in a player they see as having an impact beyond what those at pick #17 can bring to the table. It would appear, according to some early rumblings, that Hextall may have already constructed a couple of transactions and is only waiting for the draft to begin to officially pull the trigger.
According to @Eklund of Hockeybuzz.com, the Flyers may already have at least one, perhaps two deals already in place. On his site’s RumorTracker, Eklund sites Philadelphia as one of the team’s expected to do the most moving and shaking as Hextall looks to reshape a team seemingly going through an identity transition.
The Flyers are a team to watch..
Being told they have one, possibly two deals on the table…one which may already be done and announced at the beginning of the draft.
The only potential deal Eklund would attribute any teams to did involve Lecavalier and, shockingly enough, the return of a former Flyer.
Lecavalier + 2nd Rounder to Florida for Scottie Upshall?
If the Flyers have any chance of moving Vinny Florida is the team and it will require them retaining some salary and giving up a “substantial pick” in return..while taking back a player…the Flyers could grab Upshall I am told.
Though I’m sure many of you do not peruse hockey message boards and rumor blogs like I do, some do question the validity of Eklund as a legitimate news source. That being said, he does have substantial ties to the Philadelphia organization and, as far as his track record is concerned, he generally shoots a decent clip when it comes to projecting some of the Flyers moves. Take it for what it is worth, but I’ve said for over a week now that the Flyers will be a much different looking team by the end of this weekend.