NHL Rumours: Philadelphia Flyers Defenceman Trade Possibilities

Travis Sanheim trade

It’s Monday and that means it’s time for another edition of NHL rumours. We’re just days away from the start of the regular season, but some teams might already be thinking about a deal. There are some contenders in the league, but a good number of teams that may struggle. One of those teams that have been forecasted to have a tough season is the Philadelphia Flyers. Could the Broad Street Bullies make a Travis Sanheim trade if things go south quickly? This edition of NHL rumours takes a look at that possibility.

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NHL Rumours

Travis Sanheim Trade Could be Possible

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek take a look at what the future holds for the Flyers blueliner in the latest 32 Thoughts podcast. Marek wondered if the Elkhorn, Manitoba native will be long for the City of Brotherly Love. The 26-year-old is in the last year of his deal that pays him $4.675 million this season. Philadelphia may have some growing pains under new coach John Tortorella and the team may sell again.

Marek added that Sanheim could be a good fit in Vancouver alongside Quinn Hughes. However, the Vancouver Canucks would likely have to part with some pieces in order to acquire the talented defenceman. The Flyers could get some assets if they do decide to pull the trigger on the Sanheim deal.

What it Means

Philadelphia decided that it wouldn’t go after Johnny Gaudreau, as it needs more than one player in order to contend. The Flyers aren’t likely to have a great season and a rough start may doom them.

Sanheim has hovered around the 30-point mark for most of his career and would be a solid top-four defender. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent and general manager Chuck Fletcher may not want to lose Sanheim for nothing. There’s a big worry that will happen, but the Flyers do have some power in this contract.

The former Calgary Hitmen standout doesn’t have a no-movement clause in his contract, so that gives Fletcher a little bit of help. However, some good teams could be in the running if Philadelphia has a bad start.