The Philadelphia Flyers head into the 2023-24 NHL season hoping to put the last few years in the rearview. After all, the Flyers failed to qualify for the playoffs in each of the previous three seasons, marking the second-longest postseason drought in franchise history.
While some Philly fanatics are confident that we’ll be back in the playoffs, oddsmakers aren’t on the same page. FanDuel Sportsbook is favoring that the Flyers won’t make the postseason at -2500 odds, carrying an implied probability of 96.2%.
If Philadelphia is on the outside of the postseason picture a few months into the new season, don’t be surprised if general manager Daniel Briere starts selling pieces before the trade deadline. In that case, the roster might look a lot different by the end of the season.
With that being said, here are four Flyers who won’t be in Philadelphia by the end of the 2023-24 campaign.
4 Flyers Moved by End of 2023-24 NHL Season
1. Sean Walker
The Flyers shook up their blue line over the offseason. One of the biggest moves was a three-team deal with the Blue Jackets and Kings that saw Ivan Provorov leaving the City of Brotherly Love while Philadephia got six pieces in return, including veteran defenseman Sean Walker.
However, just because Walker hasn’t even played a game with the Flyers doesn’t mean he’ll stick around for the entire season.
If Philadelphia is struggling close to the trade deadline, the 28-year-old could be one of the first pieces moved. After all, Walker checks off the boxes for what playoff-bound teams like.
He’s a veteran right-shot two-way defenseman with 232 games and 67 points under his belt. He isn’t the biggest skater (5-foot-11, 195 pounds), but he’s still a useful puck-mover, especially on the power play.
What also makes him a likely trade candidate is that he’s becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer. With no guarantee that he wants to return to the Flyers, teams will call Briere to see if they can snag Walker as a rental, potentially for a mid-round draft pick and/or prospect.
In other words, don’t plan on buying a Walker jersey just yet.