Two Potential Trade Destinations for Travis Konecny

Ryan Hall
August 30, 2023  (12:57)

With the offseason nearly concluded and training camp scheduled to commence in mid-September, the rebuilding Philadelphia Flyers are actively seeking ways to bolster their team. General Manager Danny Briere and President of Hockey Operations Keith Jones continue to develop their new core and replenish their prospect pool.

After trading Ivan Provorov and Kevin Hayes to free up cap space, acquire draft picks, and secure prospects, the Flyers possess several trade assets that could further elevate their team. Among these valuable assets is their top right winger, Travis Konecny.
Konecny, drafted by the Flyers in the first round, 24th overall, in 2015, has been a mainstay in their top six since entering the NHL. Throughout his tenure with the Flyers, he has participated in 488 games, amassing 141 goals and 191 assists for a total of 332 points, all while serving 343 penalty minutes. Undoubtedly, he ranks among their top players; however, during a rebuilding phase, teams often need to transition from the prior era to forge a new identity.
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A player of his calibre would significantly enhance the offensive output of a couple of teams that come to mind, potentially boosting their chances of succeeding in the playoffs. One such team is the Edmonton Oilers, presently in "win now" mode.
The Oilers have assembled a formidable roster capable of making waves in the Western Conference. By pairing Konecny's talents with their existing strengths, they could gain an edge against formidable opponents like the Los Angeles Kings and the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who eliminated them in the second round last year. Consequently, the Flyers would also reap substantial returns in exchange for a player of his calibre.
The Detroit Red Wings, another team of interest, have been busy throughout the summer, adding fresh talent to their lineup under the guidance of General Manager Steve Yzerman. It's conceivable that the Red Wings might vie for a playoff berth this year after an extended absence from the postseason. Incorporating Konecny into their ranks would provide an additional strategic option.
Another crucial consideration revolves around Konecny's contract status. With two years remaining on his deal, carrying a $5.5 million annual cap hit, he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2025-26. Should the Flyers fail to exhibit significant progress within this timeframe, Konecny might opt not to commit to a long-term contract with the team. Entering the prime of his career, exceptional performances this year and the next could pave the way for unrestricted free agency.
The Flyers must weigh whether to capitalize on his current high trade value and secure the desired return or to gamble on retaining him over the next two years and negotiating his re-signing later.
Should the Flyers decide to part ways with Konecny, it's reasonable to anticipate that the return from both potential trade partners would include, at a minimum, a first-round draft choice, an NHL-ready prospect for the upcoming season, and an additional prospect or draft pick within the top three rounds.
As a Konecny fan, I'm reluctant to witness his departure; nonetheless, if the Flyers opt for this path, it aligns with a prudent rebuilding strategy.
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Two Potential Trade Destinations for Travis Konecny

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