Misery usually loves company, so Team A general manager of a club that can’t win a game on any day of the week ending with the letter y often calls up Team B general manager of a side that wins about once every fortnight and asks for a high-end player, hoping they can scratch each other’s back.
That’s how the trade game works. Bad teams deal with other bad teams, trying to shuffle some deck chairs.
So, there is an excellent chance that Philadelphia Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren, running a club with 22 goals in 15 games, called Edmonton Oilers’ counterpart Craig MacTavish, the boss of a team with four wins in 17 games, and threw a line in the water. “Listen, MacT, I know you consider Jordan Eberle part of your core with (Ryan) Nugent Hopkins and (Taylor) Hall, but would you ever think of trading him? Maybe we have some bigger, tougher guys for your team?”
Maybe MacTavish would listen (doesn’t cost you anything) but absolutely, categorically, he is NOT TRADING JORDAN EBERLE. MacTavish has watched the Flyers recently, in Carolina, along with president of hockey ops Kevin Lowe, so you know he’s looking at the Flyers, but trading Eberle is a non-starter. MacTavish isn’t saying anything on the record but I can assure you, it is a laughable premise for the first-year general manager, who has Eberle on a six-year, $36 million contract. MacTavish, if he was talking, would say “Not A Chance.”
Yep, If Giroux is traded(which I think is extremely unlikely) I will have to say my devout relationship with the Flyers would be close to over. I have been a die hard fan for all the years on my life, and if they trade another captain because the GM is not competent enough to hire the right coach or sign the right players to his system, then it's over. Way too much stock is put into the "C", everyone needs to be accountable. Homer should be fired first before he has the chance to blow this team up again. Giroux and Richards are two separate cases also, there was a lot more to Richards going then there is going on right now with Giroux. Giroux's biggest fault? He plays on a very poorly constructed team.
Holmgren isn't going to trade another captain is he?
I'm seeing lots of people on the trade board talking about Giroux going back the other way. I just don't see us trading him right now.
Do yourself a favor, and don't read the trade boards. It's full of a bunch of misguided individuals who have no idea what fair value is. It's nothing more than a place for fans to talk up their own players. I have maybe, MAYBE seen 2-3 trade proposals made there that have made sense.
As an Oiler fan, I wouldn't expect the Flyers to trade Giroux. Im sure he's untouchable. What the Oilers would need in my opinion is some toughness, which the Flyers have a plenty. Depth at Center would be helpful too.
Wayne Simmonds would be of interest, Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier would also be huge for a return for the Oilers.
Now, if one or any of those players are available is another story. Eberle is a pure goal scorer so I would expect that the return would have to be somewhat decent.
I could see something like this happening. I think the Flyers have been really disappointed with the development of the Schenn brothers. They were both brought in with the expectation to be key cogs, and both have become second tier for this team.
Dude....come on...he is no where near that level of player
Dude... come on... I never said he was. I'm saying the only way I would be cool with trading G would be if it was for one of those guys. I also went on to say it would never happen. Basically, I don't wanna trade Giroux. It was a bit of hyperbole.