According to a report from Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor at NHL.com, scouts for the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs were in attendance for last night’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars.
While it could amount to nothing, speculation online is running rampant as to who exactly the Leafs and Hawks were trying to get a look at on Saturday night. When the Flyers were mired in a 10 game losing streak, they seemingly had everyone on the trade block. Now that they’ve rattled off six wins in a row though, the hot stove has cooled considerably.
Still, there’s the question of Wayne Simmonds’ future in Philadelphia. The 29-year-old power forward has just one year remaining on a contract that pays him a very cost effective $3.975 million annually. He’s due for a HUGE raise in the summer of 2019 and there have been multiple reports that indicate the Flyers could look to move him before he hits free-agency.
There’s also veteran Valterri Filppula and his $5 million contract. The 33-year-old is slated to become an unrestricted free-agent this upcoming offseason and he could provide a Stanley Cup contender with some depth offense down the middle.
While there doesn’t seem to be an imminent move coming from the Flyers camp, they’re worth keeping an eye on as we near the NHL’s February 26th Trade Deadline. Should they continue to slip in the standings, don’t be surprised if players like Simmonds and Filppula find themselves on the move.