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Fansided: What Does Matt Niskanen Bring To The Philadelphia Flyers?
General Manager Chuck Fletcher continued to make aggressive moves on Friday morning as he obtained the services of defenseman Matt Niskanen from the Washington Capitals for Radko Gudas. There's a decent amount of risk involved in this deal as Niskanen is coming off a down season with the Caps, especially when considering that Gudas was arguably the most consistent Philadelphia Flyers blue-liner during the 2018-19 campaign. Niskanen is also the older of the two but does bring a different amount of skills to the city of Brotherly Love, though, which is likely why Fletcher brought him to the team.
Broad Street Hockey: Philadelphia Flyers buy out Andrew MacDonald
June 15 is the first day on the hockey calendar on which teams can put in motion plans to buy a player out of his existing contract, and Chuck Fletcher decided that he was going to waste as little time as possible to do just that with the Flyers' clear most obvious buyout candidate.
Per the team, this afternoon:
Per GM Chuck Fletcher: The #Flyers have placed defenseman Andrew MacDonald on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract.-- Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 15, 2019
The move does, and means, a few things.
Broad Street Hockey: 2019 NHL Draft Profile: Philip Broberg may not be the flashy pick, but could be the right one
With the promotion of Philippe Myers late this past season, the Philadelphia Flyers' defensive prospect pool has taken a significant hit. With essentially all of the Flyers' best defense prospects already in the NHL, the need for defense has intensified. The man that could fill that need is the Swedish born defenseman Philip Broberg. He may not be the pick that turns heads, but he could be the pick that makes the most sense for this hockey team. The question is, will his skating prowess overcome his deficiencies offensively?
2019 NHL Draft Profile: Philip Broberg
Position/team: D/AIK, Allsvenskan
2018-19 Statistics: 2 G, 7 A in 41 GP
Size: 6'3" 201
Broad Street Hockey: Friday Morning Fly By: Welcome to Summer
*We've reached the dark days, friends. No hockey. Only the burning heat of the sun that will eventually consume us all. Anyhoo, the St. Louis Blues quite literally went from worst to first, and it may be relevant to our interests to see just how they did that. [ESPN]
*And since I'm writing this, would all of you get a load of what a gem Ryan O'Reilly is? From the effusive apologizing for saying a bad word on TV to the big hug for his parents, it's really hard not to like this guy.
Fansided: Philadelphia Flyers Acquire Matt Niskanen From Washington Capitals
Just over a week after they acquired the rights to upcoming unrestricted free agent forward Kevin Hayes from the Winnipeg Jets, the Philadelphia Flyers have made another move. Fletcher has sent defenseman Radko Gudas to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Matt Niskanen. The Flyers will retain 30% of Gudas' remaining contract while taking on all of Niskanen's.
The Capitals needed to create some cap space, having just under 12.5 million of projected room to work with before this swap was made, according to CapFriendly.com. Getting Niskanen's 5.
Fansided: Philadelphia Flyers 2019 Free Agency Profile: Gustav Nyquist
Gustav Nyquist has long been a rock-solid offensive player since his 28 goal campaign during 2013-14 with the Detroit Red Wings, even if he hasn't matched the total since then. He nearly matched that career high in the following season but saw his goal-scoring numbers dip in the next two years. Nyquist was still able to get at least 40 points in every season since he broke onto the scene.
More recently, the 2008 fourth-round pick had his best season points-wise between the Red Wings and San Jose Sharks through his eight-year NHL tenure. Nyquist netted 60 points (22 Goals, 40 Assists) in 81 games played.
Broad Street Hockey: 2019 NHL Draft Profile: Is Dylan Cozens the total package?
Next up, we take a trip over to the Western Hockey League to have a look at Dylan Cozens. He's coming off of a pretty remarkable season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, which saw him finish the regular season tied for 10th in points in the whole of the WHL. He's one of our more exciting total package type of players, so let's just dig right into this one, shall we?
BSH 2019 Draft Profile: Dylan Cozens
Position / Team: C/RW / Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
Size: 6'3", 183
Pre-draft rankingsWhat's there to like?
Broad Street Hockey: 2018-19 Player Review: Radko Gudas brought some consistency
We'll get right to the point on this one: it was a season full of weirdness and inconsistency on the Flyers' blue line, but Radko Gudas proved to be an exception to this. Indeed, he was one of their most consistent defensemen, if not the most consistent, full stop. He wasn't always their flashiest player (and we don't always like him when he is), but Gudas was able to bring a level of stability to the team, and performed well in the role he was given.By The Numbers
Not a bad stat line here, all in all.
My NHL Trade Rumors: NHL Rumors: Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks
John Hoven: The Los Angeles Kings have started contract talks with restricted free agents Adrian Kempe and Alex Iafallo. There is still lots of work to do before they are signed.
Guessing that both will be in the $2.5 million range on a two-year deal.<strong>Kings mailbag</strong>
Josh Cooper of The Athletic: (mailbag) Jonathan Quick's trade value around the league may not be that high at the moment.
A Quick trade to the Philadelphia Flyers does make some sense to help mentor along Carter Hart.
Broad Street Hockey: Flyperbole: Craaaaaaig, but actually Craig Berube
Steve and Craig talk about the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup, an Andrew MacDonald buyout, and the latest on Kevin Hayes' contract negotiations. The two also had a, ah, conversation about Luke Pither.
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My NHL Trade Rumors: NHL Trade: The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals Swap Defensemen
The Philadelphia Flyers have sent defenseman Radko Gudas to the Washington Capitals for defenseman Matt Niskanen.
Pierre LeBrun: The Flyers will be retaining 30 percent of Gudas' salary. He carries a $3.35 million salary cap hit and will be a UFA after this season.
The 32-year old Niskanen was drafted 28th overall in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Dallas Stars. He carries a $5.75 million cap hit and will be a UFA after next season.
The 29-year old Gudas was drafted 66th overall in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Broad Street Hockey: Thursday Morning Fly By: SPORTS ARE GOOD!
*Now that it's all over, what if the Stanley Cup Final was one game? Like a hockey Superbowl? [Pension Plan Puppets]
*We've been talking a lot about which players the Flyers should draft in a couple of weeks, but what about the ones they absolutely should not? [The Athletic]
*There were few bright spots over the course of the last Flyers season, but there's no arguing which light shone brightest. [BSH]
*It's starting to look like we've got something in Isaac Ratcliffe. Not only is the kid a great hockey player, but apparently a great leader too.
Fansided: Looking at Philadelphia Flyers 5th Round Picks Through The Past Decade
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, then you know that Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher made his first move of the offseason by obtaining the free agent rights to forward Kevin Hayes from the Winnipeg Jets for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. This move showed the aggressiveness Fletcher has stated he'll show during the summer to help improve the roster and will now have until July 1st to get the 6'5 centerman signed to a contract before other teams are able to.
There's been skepticism from some people in the Flyers fan base about possibly giving a draft pick away for nothing because there's no guarantee that Hayes will sign, especially considering the latest rumor surrounding a deal, but I'm here to tell them that fifth-round picks aren't all that valuable.
My NHL Trade Rumors: NHL Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Florida Panthers
Frank Seravalli: Sounding like Kevin Hayes was impressed with his meeting/visit with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers will have their work cut out, but money talks.
From understanding, the Flyers are not at the top of Hayes' list, but that can always change. believes Hayes' could be intrigued by the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Arizona Coyotes.
Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher on his meeting with Kevin Hayes: "good dialogue with Kevin and his agent. I will continue to speak with them over the coming days.