This is who the Flyers should be looking to trade

Travis Politakis
March 1, 2024  (4:48 PM)

Scott Laughton, Cam Atkinson, and Sean Couturier celebrate a goal against Columbus.
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Trade rumors and discussions in the NHL are really beginning to heat up as the trade deadline is exactly a week away. The Philadelphia Flyers remain at the forefront of trade discussions, with a number of players drawing strong interest from the rest of the league. As the Flyers and first year GM Danny Briere look to get the most value out of any deal, many believe that now is the right time to deal a franchise veteran, as his price is peaking at the right time.

Flyers center Scott Laughton has been a key piece to the Flyers franchise over the past decade, earning the role of alternate captain while playing 579 games with the Flyers and racking up over 200 points throughout his career. Although Laughton has become a fan-favorite and also a key member of the Flyers locker room, many analysts believe that now would be the best time to deal Laughton, to get the most 'bang for their buck' per say.
According to prominent Flyers reporter Ryan Gilbert, moving Laughton may be the best option for the team, both for value and for an economic standpoint as the Flyers move into the next phase of their rebuild.
"While moving Laughton would be tough emotionally, it could very well be a trade that we look back on as a pivotal point in the rebuild. Laughton will be 30 years old in March with his contract expiring after the 2025-26 season, right before top prospect Matvei Michkov can come over."

This trade deadline does make a lot of sense for Laughton and the Flyers could get a big return on investment due to the unusually scarce options of centers on the market this deadline.
Not only does Laughton's value go up just because of the lack of centers in the market, but Laughton is playing at a high level this season, especially since the All-Star break. Since the break, Laughton has tallied 10 points in just eight games, with four goals and six assists, including two goals and an assist in the Flyers 7-6 loss to the Penguins.
With Laughton finding his stride at the right time, contending teams could be willing to spend big on someone like Laughton, who would be a great addition on a line like the Edmonton Oilers or Colorado Avalanche come playoff time.
Before Laughton's hot streak, it was rumored that the Flyers were already looking for a first-round pick for Laughton. With his play peaking and him contributing greatly to the Flyers recent success, his asking price is only going to go up.
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This is who the Flyers should be looking to trade

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