Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher has promised an aggressive offseason, and that now seems to include being open to trading the No. 11 pick in the draft.
Chuck Fletcher replaced Ron Hextall on Dec. 3, so there wasn’t much he could do to reshape the Philadelphia Flyers’ roster in the short-term. But heading into the offseason, ahead of his first full season as general manager, he has already promised aggressiveness on the trade and free agent markets.
The Flyers finished well out of the playoffs this past season, with holes to fill across the board. But they have $33.4 million in projected salary cap space (fourth-most in the league, according to CapFriendly), so they are well-equipped to address their needs with plenty of options to consider.
Among that breadth of options, according to Fletcher during a press conference on Monday, is a deal involving the No. 11 pick in the draft later this month. At the very least, Fletcher has made it known he’s open to trading a first-round pick.
The Flyers have had a pair of first-round picks in every of the final two drafts. That has bolstered their pipeline of ahead prospects, to go along with a deep group of younger defenseman and a few promising goaltender prospects within the system behind 20-year previous presumptive starter Carter Hart.
Philadelphia has 9 picks on this 12 months’s draft, so dealing one for a premium veteran improve someplace is actually on the desk. The hiring of Alain Vigneault, along with his inserting of the Flyers in win-now mode, additionally needs to be placing Fletcher into an aggressive pose this offseason.
Buying and selling a reasonably premium first-round choose could be a daring transfer. Fletcher can thank Hextall and the earlier entrance workplace regime for the flexibility to deal from a place of relative power realizing there isn’t desperation so as to add a top-level prospect to the Flyers’ system. Minnesota Wild followers understand how aggressiveness usually went when Fletcher was that staff’s common supervisor, and Flyers’ followers need to hope he’s not doomed to repeat these errors.