Are the Philadelphia Flyers Talking Trade with the Canadiens?

Last night, news broke that the Montreal Canadiens may not yet be done making changes to their roster. All we know right now is that it most likely involves a major player, and he could either be traded or waived within the next few days.

When I first heard the news, my immediate thought was that it’s got to be Scott Gomez.

He hasn’t really been working out all that well for Montreal, and I’m sure they’d love to get him off the books to clear salary and potentially make a few more moves. After all, he hasn’t really lived up to the $7,357,143 that he’s making this year alone.

However, Scott’s contract will be hard to rid themselves of, unless they plan on just waiving him.

It’s hard not to believe the Philadelphia Flyers are at least kicking the tires with the Canadiens. As much as Paul Holmgren and Peter Laviolette say that they’re “comfortable” with their team moving forward, I think they both know that they’ll need to make a move at some point, even if it’s not right away.

Chris Pronger will be out until further notice, and we’re still uncertain on Claude Giroux until he gets back on the ice.

Knowing that the Flyers are certainly in the market for a defenseman, I began to wonder if maybe Montreal and Philadelphia have been talking a swap in order to obtain a much-needed blueliner. While I can’t fully prove that these talks are even happening, I can assure you that the two teams have at least had discussions.

So, who might the Flyers be interested in?

Well, there’s always the new addition, Tomas Kaberle. The Flyers have had an interest in Kaberle for some time now, but his salary is something that they would have a tough time fitting under the cap.

If the Flyers were able to shed some salary, possibly Scott Hartnell’s contract or another big contract, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Philadelphia go for Kaberle. I’m sure Philly fans everywhere would riot harder than Vancouver fans if that ever happened, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

32 Responses to Are the Philadelphia Flyers Talking Trade with the Canadiens?

  1. Steven_Leafs says:

    no…. just no.

  2. JoelLeafs says:

    "He hasn't really been working out all that well for Montreal"

    This kills me. He has't really worked out. lol
    Also, why would they trade kabby right away. Ugh.
    Furthermore, Hartnell may be a bit overpaid, but he's be really good lately… just a silly article. 
  3. reinjosh says:

    It's bleacherreport. It has some rare gems, but rare is the operative word. As in almost never. Usually its just wannabe writers or kids. It still astounds me that spector even bothers mentioning them. 

  4. hockey_lover says:

    This is the stupidest freaking article on here ever .. and thats saying a lot.

    First of all … Kaberle isnt working out so far? He's played 2 games and has 3 points and hasnt looked out of place at all.

    Secondly .. other than the two idiots who a) GAVE Gomez that contract and b) thought that contract was a good gamble …. in NO universe is someone going to take on that contract. MAYBE at half the price (on waivers) but even then. Gomez is barely a 4th liner in a girls bantam team at this point.

    Thirdly … at certain points, sure, Philly would have loved to move Hartnells contract. But now? The guy is playing lights out right now. Relative to his contract, $4.2 mil isnt so bad for a dude who is on pace for 42g / 75pts.

    Ugh. Like Josh said, its a bleacher report but come on. This is so far beyond ridiculous.

  5. lafleur10 says:

    it won't be kaberle as we picked him to q.b. our pp and he's working well on the pp with subban ,and philly doesn't have the capspace to take on kaberle's contract,it wouldn't surprise me if their trying to acquire a defenceman that has some upside that won't cost much i.e. yannick weber.

  6. TheLeafNation91 says:

    No comments about the World Junior squad being announced today?

    Well, I'll go first and say…Team Canada needs to be worried, goaltending is weak, defense is very good, forwards…Average at best. If Huberdeau is hindered by injury, even worst.

    If Justin Faulk plays (Who I thought looked great last night and has apparently been the Hurricanes best defencemen)…I will pick USA. All because of goaltending, a solid defensive group, and also skilled/talented/truculent forwards.

  7. leafmeister says:

    Does the Bleacher Report cite HTR? Cause they are equally credible sources….

  8. hockey_lover says:

    lol   nice

  9. reinjosh says:

    I stand by my idea that Canada has had weak goalies since Price was last on the team. They don't really ever have a strong goalie, they just cover it with such a stacked team. 

    Defense is amazing, but forwards weak? Really? It's less full of big name first rounders but the talent is still insane. Its much better than last years "blue collar" bunch. I'm a little offput they don't have a guy like Ross or Bulmer to fill the pest role that past players such as Downie, Marchard, Della Rovera have filled, but whatever I guess. 
    I haven't had time to see the US roster so I'll get back to you on them .
  10. leafmeister says:

    So who else is in the midst of exams?

  11. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I think the forward crop is skilled, speedy. I think they have some grit…But one thing Canadians have been missing are pure snipers and I really don't see that again. Compared to last years forward crop, I think this ones weaker IMO.

    I like USA because of Jack Campbell. A great prospect and will be good again this year. I'm also fans of Coyle, Bjustad, Etem, Saad, Noeson (who has been great this year), J.T. Miller, Zucker and a lot of their forwards this year. They are skilled, Coyle and Noeson can score, and they can be truculent and quick.

    Also, Justin Faulk, if allowed, is very underrated. Adding in Tinordi, Trouba, Forbort, and Merill and that is a very tough defence in front of Campbell. 

    Kind of wish they asked Biggs to attend…I think he could of been a great leader, presence on the team as well. However, its not in the cards.

    I like their makeup. Anything but a final appearance will be a dissapointment.

  12. Steven_Leafs says:

    Gomez might be an option to a cap floor team on re-entry waivers. $3.7M in cap and only $2.75M then $2.25M in salary isn't that bad. Although I'm sure Gomez would have to improve his game considerably for that to happen. Funny thing is about Gomez's contract, the buyout cap hit for the next 2 years for Gomez is higher than it would be for him to be sent through re-entry waivers.

  13. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Me.  I finished finance…Now doing quanititive research. crap.

  14. 93killer93 says:

    Finished mine last week. All in a span of 4 days. 

  15. JoelLeafs says:

    No exams for grad student, *****es! Although I just finished my last research report, that was a pain. 

  16. lafleur10 says:

    i think we'll be fine everytime canada is expected to win they do they'll be fine the only postion that really worries me is goaltending visatin is a sieve so i'm worried there but the rest of the team looks really good ,as a habs fan i'm interested in watching how gallagher,beaulieu,and bounival do lol.

  17. lafleur10 says:

    i think we'll be fine everytime canada is expected to win they do they'll be fine the only postion that really worries me is goaltending visatin is a sieve so i'm worried there but the rest of the team looks really good ,as a habs fan i'm interested in watching how gallagher,beaulieu,and bournival do lol.

  18. senators_choke says:

    Fascinating interview of Chicago's Dave Bolland commenting on the Sedin "sisters".  Very Averyian tone.

  19. senators_choke says:

    And Vancouver coach Vigneault has responded back with words of his own.

    War of words like this were common way back in the '60s and '70s. The days of "old time hockey".  You don't see it as much any more.

  20. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Except Bolland is likeable and knows how to win.

  21. senators_choke says:

    And Bolland is probably trying to fuel the rivalry to add some build up to their next clash. Like when Mohammed Ali used trash talk to promote his fights. Nothing wrong with that and who doesn't like that.

  22. senators_choke says:

    Word of Advice: Always quote your professor in your essays or tests. Just take something they said in their lecture and quote them with quotation marks. They love that. Guaranteed A grade.

  23. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Okay. Hopefully this will help for tommorows exam.

  24. reinjosh says:

    Brendan Gallagher is about as close as your going to get to a pure sniper. He is the teams pure sniper this year. Sure I suppose they could have added Toffoli as well but they have more than enough scoring. Pearson has blossomed into a sniper this year, Howden and F Hamilton can be counted on as almost snipers. Then you have the guys like Strome, Stone, Smith-Pelly, all guys with serious goal scoring ability. I'm not sure scoring will be a problem. If Huberdeau is healthy he's almost a center sniper. The one guy I was shocked didn't make is was Ty Rattie. How does the guy with the most goals in the WHL not get picked to play on the team?

    Eh I like the US but I'm not sold. I'll be interested to see how Bjugstad does. Coyle is meh is my books, a little overrated if you ask me, Saad hasn't impressed me in the WHL after he almost made the Hawks. They have talent for sure but I'm not sure its at the same calibre as the Canadians. Campbell is their golden goose. He's the piece that runs the show for them. 
  25. JoelLeafs says:

    Well, yeah, but only if it's relevant. 

  26. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Toffoli should have been on the team. His play in the OHL and the Canadian camp was deserving of a spot.

    Also, I think your a bit biased against the States because your Canadian. I love Coyle, I think he's a great prospect. The guy crushed it as a freshmen and continuing it suring his sophmore year.

    Also, Bjustad is another guy crushing it. Another prospect and potential USA jr, Kyle Rau is doing well also.

    Etem is second in the WHL in scoring.

    Saad, who nearly made the Hawks with a great pre-season, is actually in the OHL and not WHL. He has been injured but has scored 22 points in 14 games. Pretty impressive actually.

    Also, two other players having a good year are Noeson and J.T. Miller. Especially Miller, who I bet you Burke would have drafted over Biggs or Percy…Or Both.

    Do not underestimate this team…They are very good and could match Canada easily. Also, they got the goaltending, which can set them a part.

  27. JoelLeafs says:

    Except he did it with the grace and grasp on language of a retired boxer. "you have the IQ the size of a bird seed" and "you have a face only a mother could look at". Wow, just amazing. *****ed up two idioms in like 15 seconds. 

  28. Steven_Leafs says:

    Just was just stupid, there was absolutely no point to the whole thing. Bolland was just trying to be relevant and cool, and Vigneault *****ed up trying to defend his players. The next Vancouver/Chicago game better be damn entertaining or this whole story was a complete waste of time.

  29. THENOTORIOUS says:

    Nobody will take on Gomez's contract, NOBODY! But he will be send down the minors, that is a fact, cause even by sending him down the minors, letting go of Moen , Campolli, Gill and other UFAs, the Habs still won't have enough money to resign their RFAs and UFAs next season but can the Habs afford to lose one of those guys Price, Georges, Subban or Kostitsyn who are pretty much 4 of the habs top players? JM has to go but the guy who put the Habs in that mess is Gauthier!

     But gomez isn't the only one with the bad contract, what about Cammalleri and Gionta. Imagine if Gomez, cammy and Gionta werent there, that would give Montreal almost 19 million dollars off their cap. Those 3 guys together don't even have 30pts this year, just Facken BRUTAL.

     These guys are way too small, Gomez is done,Period? Gionta was never that good and Cammalleri has less heart then the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz!

     Can wait till they go!

  30. reinjosh says:

    Toffoli probably should have been there. I agree. The dude is just a goal scoring machine.

    Probably but I consider myself to be a guy who usually puts aside the bias. I like the US I just don't think the depth is there. They have some nice players but its jsut not as deep.
    I love Bjugstad. The dude has everything you want in a player and he very well could be one of the best players in the tourney. 
    But other questions exist. Etem isn't leading the WHL, Mark Stone is. He's also only two points ahead of Ty Rattie who has two less games. Etem is a great prospect but he was beating up on teams with his speed. They have seen that and its going to be a lot harder for him to use it without teams knowing what he's going to do. 
    Saad is doing meh in the OHL. For a guy that almost made the Hawks, I expect more. 22 points in 14 is good but its nothing to special. 
    I'm just not as impressed with them. They always have a solid team but the depth isn't there I don't think. I could be wrong but we will see. 
  31. Boston_Bruins says:

    Didn't he say something about the Sedins playing with integrity? Lol they're two of the biggest divers in the league.

  32. MystifoLeafs says:

    Honestly if Toronto was in any bit of contention for the playoffs now this will never happen ever but I would be interested in Cammalleri. All jokes aside this guy is playoff gold. For some reason he can turn on the heat when in the playoffs same with Hal Gill. I mean another three years at 6 million cap hit would be BRUTAL but if Toronto or any team for that matter wanted to add some serious playoff punch Cammalleri would do it. 

    That being said Cammalleri will not be a leaf. 

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