It's been a tough year for National Hockey League veteran Jori Lehtera in Philadelphia and now it sounds like the team, dissatisfied with the way he has played for them, will look to ship him off in a trade.
TSN insider Pierre LeBrun was the first to touch on the possibility of a trade involving Lehtera and Flyers beat reporter Dave Issac of USA Today has also discussed the possibility of being moved, echoing LeBrun's original report.
Lehtera showed he could produced offensively as a member of the St. Louis Blues but for whatever reason has been completely unable to find his game as a Flyer, recording no goals and just 2 assists in his first 17 games with his new team.
Obviously that will great diminish his value in the eyes of NHL teams but there may be a general manager out there who would be willing to game on Lehtera in the hopes that he regains his form. He does play the center position and there are no shortage of teams currently looking for depth up the middle including Flyers rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Lehtera carries a heavy cap hit of $4.7 million both this season and the next and there are rumors that the Flyers will be prepared to eat 50% of that salary in order to get the deal done. If Lehtera were to return to the form he showed in St. Louis having him under contract for $2.35 million for 2 seasons would be a very solid deal indeed.
No word on who the Flyers have talked to at this time.