The 2023-24 NHL All-Star Break is less than two weeks away and everything is sunny in Philadelphia. The Flyers have exceeded all expectations this season after being projected to be among the league's worst teams, sitting second in the Metropolitan Division with a 25-17-6 record as of Jan. 24.
But while some players have excelled at helping the Flyers get to this point, not everyone is guaranteed to stay with the club to the season's end. Whether it's due to lackluster play or an expiring contract, some players could be shown the door sooner rather than later.
With the All-Star Break right around the corner, here are three Flyers who are skating on thin ice.
1. Sean Walker, D
Many Flyers fans would be shocked if Sean Walker survived the season in Philly.
The veteran defenseman was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in a three-way trade that also involved the Columbus Blue Jackets during the offseason. Walker played well through his first 48 games in a Flyers jersey, matching his career-high of five goals while adding 12 assists and a plus-7 plus/minus rating.
So, if Walker is playing this well, why is he on thin ice?
Well, it looks like it'll take a miracle for him to stay in Philadelphia. NHL insider Frank Seravalli discussed on the Jan. 23 edition of The Kevin Karius Show that the Flyers plan on being sellers at the trade deadline and that they'll be "selling off pieces, starting off with Sean Walker."
With the way he's been playing, it's entirely possible that the Flyers could get a first-round pick (and even a prospect, too) in exchange for the pending free agent's services. Assuming the market is that hot for him, Walker's days as a Flyer could be over sooner rather than later.