February 3, 2019 | 5:33pm ET
TEAMS INTERESTED IN GOSTISBEHERE
Shayne Gostisbehere, defenceman
Seven straight wins won’t stop opposing teams from calling the Philadelphia Flyers about some of their players.
As the Feb. 25 trade deadline approaches, the Flyers have made it clear they’re open for business and are willing to explore deals for almost every one of their players – that doesn’t mean, though, that GM Chuck Fletcher is looking to clean house.
The Flyers, winners of seven in-a-row, seem to remain focused on the long-term success of the team. If the winning continues, they’ll certainly take it, but Fletcher appears to be settled into the fact that he wants to better his team for next season and on.
Fletcher continues to go back-and-forth with Wayne Simmonds’ agent, Eustace King, in an attempt to get the veteran winger locked up to a new multi-year contract extension. If the two sides cannot come to terms, the Flyers plan on trading him by the deadline.
It’s unclear if any significant progress has been made, thus far, with respect to Simmonds’ contract negotiations, and moving him would be a clear sign the team is working on retooling for the 2019-20 campaign – and there’s plenty of interest in Simmonds, who could command a hefty price.
Among the other Philadelphia players generating interest around the League, defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere seems to be on a number of teams’ radars.
Gostisbehere, 25, is in the second-year of a six-year, $27 million contract, and while he doesn’t have any no-trade protection, it would take a significant offer for Fletcher to move him.
The Flyers’ young defensive depth might make Gostisbehere more available for Philly than if he were on another team, but any deal involving the left-handed blueliner would likely include a top-six forward or an NHL-proven forward with top-six potential as part of a package.
Gostisbehere’s offensive numbers have taken a step back from last season, where he picked up 13 goals and 52 assists for 65 points, but that won’t result in a drop in asking price.
It’s unclear if trade talks have progress further than the exploratory stage, but it’s believed the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings have had some level of interest in Gostisbehere.
In 49 games with the Flyers so far this season, Gostisbehere has registered five goals and 16 assists for 21 points.