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02-07-2014, 04:37 PM
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The D is going to be hard to improve through a trade for an impending UFA.
MacDonald, Russell, Nikitin, Gilbert and Klesla are likely the best guys who could possibly be available in that manner. (and Nikitin and Klesla may not be moved due to teams being close to playoff picture.)
Then there are the assets the Flyers could move without suffering unduly (if something could be acquired back):
Trade Grossmann for a 2nd + a later pick (4th-6th depending on bidding)
Trade Downie for a late 1st or 2nd + 3rd/4th. (I imagine a contender would pay that for him... good contract when a lot of teams are close to cap, gritty guy who can play anywhere in middle 6)
Trade Mez for whatever you can... say a 3rd or 4th (possibly have to retain some salary I imagine.)
The combination of the two is not great... MacDonald, Nikitin and Russell are probably the only upgrades, and then still, they are more mobile #4s instead of a defensively sound, traffic cone #5. (MacDonald has played like a #3 though last year and the year before, is a good PKer, but has a lot of questions.)
If MacDonald thinks he is getting 5mill as well he can **** off... 4 mill as a 2nd pair guy maybe.
Instead it is probably better to wait and hope some of Boyle, Markov, Girardi and Niskanen make it. Trade maybe Downie and Mez for picks at the deadline and use a 2nd or 3rd to trade for right to negotiate for your fave one before they hit UFA full on.
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