Could the Flyers and Calgary Flames be trading partners?
The Flames announced Tuesday that defenseman Mark Giordano will miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured ankle.
The Flyers remain overloaded on defense and have been actively trying to move a defenseman since training camp, particularly Andrej Meszaros, who sat out five straight games until Tuesday against Anaheim.
Meszaros' $4 million salary is a giant impediment to trading him, especially given his dubious injury history for the Flyers the past two seasons.
While Braydon Coburn is more tradable, he also is a more valuable asset that the Flyers may not want to deal. Coburn has two more years left on his deal with a $4.5 million cap hit.
The Flyers could still use a scoring winger, but at this point, losing $4 million off their cap would help them collect additional dollars for the trade deadline in the spring, as well.
Sources say the Flames have not talked to the Flyers. Right now, it's all speculation.
Calgary has a number of high-priced forwards. Mike Cammalleri is making $6 million. Jiri Hudler and David Jones each earn $4 million, but have years left on their contracts.
After scoring five goals against the Islanders, the Flyers struggled again and settled for two against Anaheim while their third periods continue to see their offense disappear (see story).
To be clear, no one's suggesting a trade is about to happen. But when you take a look at both teams' circumstances, a trade involving any of the above players might be worth considering.