3. Carter Hart
Goaltender Carter Hart has been a Flyers fan favorite ever since he was drafted 48th overall by the franchise in 2016. At the same time, the netminder’s future in Philly is up in the air.
The 2023-24 season is a contract year for Hart and he’ll be looking for a long-term deal. If the Flyers wind up rebuilding for the next few seasons, there’s no reason to hold on to the Sherwood Park, Alberta native when he’s in his prime.
Based on the above situation, it isn’t shocking that Hart has been in the middle of trade rumors throughout the summer. Even though he’s since said that he isn’t bothered by the rumors, it doesn’t change the fact that his days in Philadelphia could be numbered.
While some fans might be sad to see Hart go, Briere would be crazy not to trade him if he can land a huge haul.
After all, Hart is only 25 years old and has his best hockey ahead of him. He’s also proven that he’s more than capable of being a starting NHL goalie, going 84-84-26 with a 2.96 goals-against average, a .907 save percentage and 5 shutouts in 201 career games. Those numbers will be attractive to at least one team with a desperate goaltending situation.
Unless the Flyers shock a lot of people by competing for a playoff spot, there’s no sense in Hart sticking around for much longer.