We are just a few days away from the NHL Expansion Draft and the NHL Entry Draft. That means that things are starting to heat up when it comes to trade rumors. One of the biggest things to come out in the last few days is that Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko has requested a trade and he is working with the Blues to get something done.
Tarasenko has given the Blues the 10 teams that he is willing to waive his no trade clause for and the Philadelphia Flyers are indeed on that list. Now, its pretty clear the Flyers are looking to move on from Jake Voracek and if they can find a way to clear his cap space then bringing in Tarasenko becomes a very real possibility. In my opinion this should be a move that Chuck Fletcher should be all over. Other than a defenseman brining in a guy like Tarasenko should be at the top of the list for off-season moves.
I’ve seen a few hypothetical trades already some that have made sense and others that have just been completely dumb. I am more than willing to part with a guy like Morgan Frost in a trade that brings in Tarasenko. I think Frost is going to be a solid NHL player but the Flyers have the assets and prospects to move him and still have a bright future. The next part of the trade is where things get tricky for me, Phil Myers is the other guy that has been named in a package for Tarasenko. I love Phil Myers, I really do. I think his performance last year was more of a product of the whole defense being a shitshow and I expect him to bounce back in a big way.
Buuuuuutttttt, we also have a guy named Cam York who is looking to come in and make an impact on the team next season. You’re obviously not getting rid of Provorov or Sanhiem, they aren’t going to want Ghost, Braun, Hagg, or Morin. Maybe the Blues could be interested in Zamula but then I think you’d have to add in a few more assets whether it be another prospect or draft picks. So really if St. Louis wants a young defenseman the only option to make this trade work would be Phil Myers.
So as much as I wouldn’t enjoy it, if the Flyers want Tarasenko they are going to have to give up two talented young players. So here is what my trade for Tarasenko would look like…
Flyers Receive: Vladimir Tarasenko
Blues Receive: Morgan Frost, Phil Myers, 2021 3rd round pick
Is that enough to get a deal done? I have no clue, I’m not an NHL GM but it seems like a fair trade to me so why not give it a shot Chuck.
Bringing in Tarasenko would fill multiple needs for the Flyers and would help them at 5 on 5 and on the powerplay. If there was a move that has the potential to help expedite this retooling process this is it.