December 12, 2018 | 11:55pm ET
FLYERS ACTIVE ON TRADE FRONT
New Philadelphia Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher is already burning the midnight oil, reaching out to a number of teams and taking calls about some of his players.
Fletcher, who joined the franchise last week, replacing Ron Hextall, has been looking to make roster moves, including adding a goaltender, but insists he isn’t rushing to make a trade.
Citing a source, John Boruk of NBC Sports Philadelphia claims the Flyers have had talks with half the teams in the NHL about making a move before the holiday roster freeze kicks in Dec. 19.
“I don’t know where that came from,” Fletcher told NBCSports.com on Wednesday. “I haven’t even counted how many teams I’ve contacted. Between now and the trade deadline, you’re not doing your job if you haven’t picked up the phone. We’re in the middle of December now and you’re starting to see teams make some moves. You’re being derelict in your duties if you don’t call every team.”
In additional to a goaltender, the Flyers are also reportedly in the market for a centre, a top-nine winger and veteran defenceman. According to Boruk, Los Angeles Kings blueliners Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez could be among the targets for Fletcher.
“If I call around and something makes sense and there’s a fit with another team, I’ll do it,” Fletcher said. “I’m not looking to do something just to say I did it. I want to do something that helps the team and we’re still trying to figure out where we need the help.”
Fletcher noted all of his talks thus far are strictly “preliminary,” including contract discussions with the agent for Wayne Simmonds, who is in the final year of his contract.