June 27, 2018 | 11:27pm ET
FLYERS TRIED TO ACQUIRE HAMILTON
Wayne Simmonds, forward
The Philadelphia Flyers were active on the trade front during this past weekend’s NHL Draft; or at least they tried to be.
Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall made it public about his disappointment of his failure to make a big move. With the Flyers entering the summer with significant cap space (over $20 million), it was expected that Hextall would look to bolster his roster.
The most notable deal that happened was the one that saw the Calgary Flames send defenseman Dougie Hamilton, forward Michael Ferland and blueliner Adam Fox to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin.
As reported by NBC’s John Boruk, the Flyers were engaged in trade talks with Calgary regarding Hamilton prior to the deal. The rumored exchanged was said to be for Wayne Simmonds.
According to Boruk, the Flames did not want to make a one-for-one deal and wanted more from the Flyers. Young blueliners Travis Sanheim and Phillippe Myers could have been brought up, but Hextall has been reluctant to part with either player.
Hamilton would’ve been exactly what the Flyers needed: a top-four, right handed shot defenseman. The Flyers should be active to find a suitable blueliner, as Mike Green and Calvin de Haan may fit the bill as unrestricted free agents.
As for Simmonds, the winger’s name has been at the heart of trade discussions since this past winter. With his contract set to expire in a year’s time and the Flyers having numerous young players on the rise, they may be unwilling to commit long-term to Simmonds.