Jori Lehtera hasn’t found his footing in Philadelphia since coming over from the St. Louis Blues, and now he seems to be available once again. Pierre LeBrun touched on the 29-year old in the recent edition of Insider Trading:
The Flyers are willing to listen on him. They’re not out there shopping him aggressively, but certainly given their depth up front for the right offer [he could be had]. He’s got another year on his deal at $4.7MM, that might scare off some teams.
Lehtera has just two points this season, and has been a healthy scratch several times. That comes just three years after he broke into the NHL with a 44-point season playing alongside Vladimir Tarasenko, earning himself that big extension. Those numbers have dropped in every season since, until he was used as a salary dump of sorts in the Brayden Schenn trade.
Still, there might be some interest in Lehtera because of his history and ability to play center. Without many impact options available down the middle, players like him may be all you can get at the deadline. It could need some salary retention from Philadelphia, but a fresh start could be what he needs to provide at least a little bit of value.