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Trade closer? Avs sent assistant GM to Philly

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Colorado Avalanche assistant GM Chris MacFarland

The Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers are checking each other out again. The Flyers had a pro scout at Thursday’s Avs game in Arizona, and for the second straight game, Avs assistant GM Chris MacFarland was in attendance scouting a Flyers contest.

Gentlemen, start your Claude Giroux rumors again.

Word out of Philly, though, is Giroux really wants to play his 1,000th game with the Flyers, which is March 17. That might be OK with the Avs, though, as they will accrue more salary-cap space with each passing day of the regular season, assuming they stay reasonably healthy. And, the Avs pretty much have the Central Division and Western Conference regular-season playoff crowns wrapped up already.

One team to keep an eye out for, I hear: Seattle Kraken. Why? Because, I’m told, the Kraken will facilitate a third-party deal or two by the deadline, to serve something as an off-shore tax shelter to park half-eaten cap space on a player. If the Flyers took half of Giroux’s $8.25 million cap hit in a deal, and he comes to Seattle as a third-party, the Kraken could then eat another half of the remaining $4.12 remaining cap hit. The Avs theoretically might get Giroux for a little more than $2 million cap hit.

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MacFarland’s presence for two straight Flyers games can’t be easily dismissed. It seems pretty clear the Avs are really checking Giroux out. If he came to the Avs, he would probably be a second-line left wing, and take faceoffs on the right side of the circle, where he is an ace at winning draws.

I’ve heard the Flyers would seriously consider a package containing either young prospect defensemen Drew Helleson or Justin Barron. A depth roster player and another mid-range draft pick might get a deal for Giroux done.

Giroux is 34 and can be UFA this summer. He was named the most valuable player of the most recent NHL All-Star game.

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Matt Briggle

The way I see the proposal you have laid out here AD is that it would either have to be Helleson or they would also have to send a contract our way as they are already at 49/50 contracts according to CapFriendly. That is, of course, assuming they don’t make any other deals before this one. Also, if those are the only two prospects they’ll take in the deal then I would definitely say the first round pick is off the table. If they wanted Ranta instead then I might consider the 2023 first. Either way though, the Avs scouting… Read more »

Adam Hunter

Great point on the 49/50 contracts. I completely overlooked that

Peter Martin

The Flyers have already paid G more than half his salary. His cap hit to the Avs will be prorated by games remaining in the regular season. However the Avs current cap space is very small as they had to utilize IR for a big chunk of the year. Depending on which depth player gets moved out, someone will probably still need to eat a portion of G’s remaining, approx 2M salary, perhaps as much as 1M.

Yan Girard

Barron and Helleson are among the best prospects of Avs. In more, these are defensemen. Maybe that only one of these two defensemen will have a beautiful career in NHL. We don’t know. In that sense, if you trade one of them, you don’t have the right to deceive you. IMO, you don’t trade good prospect to get old rental player. Good prospect always worth more than good draft pick.

https://dobberprospects.com/player/justin-barron/
https://dobberprospects.com/player/drew-helleson/

Last edited 3 months ago by Yan Girard
Yan Girard

Barron and Helleson are among the best prospects of Avs. In more, these are defensemen. Maybe that only one of these two defensemen will have a beautiful career in NHL. We don’t know. In that sense, if you trade one of them, you don’t have the right to deceive you. IMO, you don’t trade good prospect to get old rental player. Good prospect always worth more than good draft pick.

Last edited 3 months ago by Yan Girard
Ryan Krueger

Amazing to me why a healthy team which is steamrolling the league needs to do anything. Mortgage your future for an old guy who wins face offs? We have been knocked out the past two playoffs because we play soft not because we lose faceoffs. If anything we need more physicality. Look what happens when one of our most physical players is out of the lineup against a weak team that plays a strong checking game and has a hot goalie.

Aaron Rud

Agree

Bob Neal

They don’t need another offensive talent they need a defensive one along with a defensive scheme dedicated to playing defense first.

Warren Broudy

Based on the AV’s loss last night maybe the price just went up . I do think the flyers are looking for a first round pick not a mid round

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