Philadelphia's goaltending leaves much to be desired. Backstrom is playing great right now in Minnesota. This deal is based on the condition Backstrom signs an extension, and this could be worked out on Draft Day.
To Minnesota: Joffrey Lupul, 3rd 09
To Philadelphia: Josh Harding
Philadelphia gets a good young goaltender who's been stuck behind Backstrom, and I have to think that at 24 Harding wants to get some real playing time on a good team. He's a solid young goaltender and the Flyers could re-sign one of Biron and Niittymaki, and go with a 1a/1b until Harding proves he can take the job. Lupul is a good 2nd line winger with 1st line potential. Other available assets for trade would include: Randy Jones, Scottie Upshall, Andreas Nodl, Ryan Parent, and picks.
Last edited by BillyShoe1721: 12-05-2008 at 07:46 PM.
Seems reasonable assuming Backstrom is re-signed. Is Lupul a Lemaire type player though?
Harding will likely be the Wild goalie next season, maybe when he gets his chance. The Wild have zero initiative to do this trade.
That said, someone explain to me why Harding is an upgrade when he hasn't even been a #1 in the league at any point.
The Flyers desire better goaltending, so they better fix it themselves because upgrades are not available this time of year. Any such proposal is as much of a waste of time as the proposal threads that get closed.
They are both FA's after the year, Backstrom loves Minnesota as he says its as close to his hometown in Finland. Same culture, weather, friends (lots of Fins on the team) etc.
According to this guy, Backstrom wants to stay in Minnesota. I don't have a link for you, but this was posted in another thread about Backstrom signing an extension. The Wild would be foolish to let him walk, and they will very likely try hard to get him to sign an extension. It took all that time for him to develop, and finally got him to come over a few years ago, and letting him go would be a terrible idea. He's playing his best hockey he's going to play right now. If Backstrom signs an extension, which I believe he will, it will most likely be at least 3 years, so Harding is once again stuck and I feel it would be in Minnesota's best interest to trade a young promising goaltender for some scoring.
you could probably resign nitty if hes offered the chance to start. i think the two of them could be had for the cost of biron. and you remove lupuls number from next years cap. if you take out the 3rd i think it may work. it would have to be an offseason deal though.