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Evan’s NHL Daily: New Public Enemy #1 In Philly, Stanley Cup Preview?



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What was just a quiet Monday afternoon in the NHL turned chaotic real fast. The Philadelphia Flyers, who apparently had been aware for a while that their top prospect, Cutter Gauthier, had no intention of signing with them, traded the 19 year old to the Anaheim Ducks. Soon after news of the trade came through, it became apparent why Philadelphia had to deal him, and the entire organization unleashed on the teenager. Now, the city of Philadelphia has a new enemy.

In Colorado, the Avalanche and the Boston Bruins played one heck of a game on Monday night. It’s a shame it had to end in a skills competition, but it was a fantastic game. Stanley Cup Final preview?

All that and more in this Tuesday edition of Evan’s Daily.

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Colorado played a fantastic game, and ultimately, it paid off, as the Avalanche beat the Bruins by a score of 4-3.

Alexandar Georgiev played well, but lost his cool again in the second period. He said he needs to work on it, and his coach wasn’t too happy with his goaltender showing his frustration.

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Big Time NHL Trade

While the move came as a surprise to NHL fans around the world, it apparently wasn’t a surprise to people inside the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

On Monday, the Flyers traded their top prospect, Cutter Gauthier, to the Anaheim Ducks. In exchange, they got a second round pick and defenseman Jamie Drysdale back. Not a bad return, but the Flyers would have preferred to keep their top prospect. Why didn’t they?

Because he apparently wanted nothing to do with them.

The Flyers, who were playing a home game on Monday night, let everyone speak to the media, and it’s pretty clear that Gauthier will not be welcomed when he makes his first visit to Philadelphia.

The whole situation is a little bizarre. Gauthier seemed pretty excited about being a Flyers prospect over the summer, but something must have changed. Maybe he felt he was NHL ready and didn’t need another year at the NCAA level. Either way, this is one of the risks in taking NCAA players high. They hold a little bit of power in that they can just wait things out if they really want to. Gather used that leverage to his advantage. That being said, to not even talk to the NHL team that drafted you when they fly to Sweden just to meet with you seems a little off. I get why Philadelphia is upset. Fair or not, Gauthier will get a rude welcome when he makes his first appearance there.

Now, Gauthier goes to a team in Anaheim that’s putting together a pretty impressive young forward group. They’re still a ways away, but I like this move for them. I’m not a huge Drysdale fan, and they’ve got a lot of young defensemen in their system. They could be a tough team to handle in a few years.

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