With Anthony Stolarz now healthy and top prospect Carter Hart turning pro, the Flyers have a bit of a logjam between the pipes. With that in mind, Dave Isaac of the Cherry Hill Courier-Post suggests that a trade may be the optimal route for Philadelphia to consider and that one of Stolarz, Alex Lyon, or Michal Neuvirth would make the most sense to move. Brian Elliott is pegged to start at the NHL level while they will want to give Hart a large workload with AHL Lehigh Valley which leaves the other three vying for a pair of backup spots. All three of those trade options have to clear waivers to get to the minors so if there is a move to make, the time to do it would be before opening rosters are finalized.
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- From that same article, Isaac notes that the Flyers gave consideration to bringing in someone on a PTO deal but ultimately decided against it, at least for the time being. With them wanting to leave some spots available for some of their younger players, bringing in a veteran to clutter things up may not be the best move for them to make.
- Penguins winger Jake Guentzel is their most notable young player entering the final year of their contract. While a bridge contract may make some sense given their usual status of being tight to the Upper Limit, Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review believes that Pittsburgh instead will opt for a long-term deal and that if he produces like he did last season, an AAV north of $5.75MM is a likely outcome if the salary cap grows once again for 2019-20. While that may seem difficult to fit in, the team has more than $10MM in expiring contracts up front which will make it a bit easier to do a deal like that.