February 27, 2019 | 1:55pm ET
FLYERS TRIED TO UPGRADE GOALTENDING, AGAIN
Chuck Fletcher, GM
The Philadelphia Flyers were active ahead of Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline, but only completed one move, sending Wayne Simmonds to the Nashville Predators for Ryan Hartman and a draft pick.
The Flyers had taken inquiries on the likes of winger Michael Raffl, defenceman Radko Gudas and Shayne Gostisbehere, and goaltenders Brian Elliott and newly-acquired Cam Talbot, TFP has learned.
Talbot was acquired on Feb. 15 from the Edmonton Oilers, but explored moving him prior to the deadline, according to a source close to the situation.
According to a separate league source, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher had held talks to acquire a true No.1 goaltender with term left on his contract to help mentor star rookie netminder Carter Hart.
Talbot was originally acquired with the belief that his relationship with Hart would assist in mentoring him, but Talbot can become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and he’s yet to suit-up for Philly since being acquired – though he’s scheduled to start on Friday against the New Jersey Devils.
It’s unclear whom the Flyers had discussed acquiring prior to the trade deadline, though one potential target could have been Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who generated interest from multiple teams.
Quick, 33, had four-years left on his contract after this season and comes with a salary cap hit of $5.8 million.
The Detroit Red Wings also had talks regarding goalie Jimmy Howard, but he is in the final-year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.