As we head into Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher’s first offseason at the helm of the club, we’ll take a look at just what he could have up his sleeve in order to put his stamp on the roster.
Fletcher’s predecessor, Ron Hextall, did leave the Flyers’ new boss a pretty well stocked cupboard full of prospects and draft picks in addition to an intriguing roster of veterans and youngsters at his disposal.
With the above in mind, it’s easy to see that Fletcher’s easiest path to putting his stamp and/or improving the Flyers going into next season will be via the trade market. While there are plenty of players across the league that should be available via trade, and Jason has looked all around the league at those, Fletcher also has some players on his roster than could very well be on the trade block themselves.
First up was Shayne Gostisbehere, next up is Jakub Voracek.
Few Flyers have been more productive that Voracek since the Czech forward was acquired back in 2011 along with a first (Sean Couturier) and third round pick (Nick Cousins) from Columbus in the Jeff Carter trade. The winger was the centerpiece in the return on the Carter deal, and has arguably been the better player since the trade went down. Throw in that the Flyers also landed an eventual No. 1 center in Couturier along with Voracek in the deal, and it’s easy to see that it’s perhaps one of the very best in Flyers history.
Since landing in Philadelphia for the 2011-12 season, Voracek has amassed 505 points in 605 games for the Flyers, averaging .83 points per game. That’s the second highest total of any Flyer in that span, trailing only captain Claude Giroux’s 612 points.