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The Daily: Why Flyers Should Trade for Mittelstadt; NHL Rumors



Casey Mittlestadt, Sabres

Philly Hockey Now’s Jonathan Bailey wrote this week that the Philadelphia Flyers should make a pitch to acquire Buffalo Sabres center Casey Mittelstadt before the March 8 NHL trade deadline.

Trade rumors have the Sabres exploring what Mittelstadt’s value is in the trade market.  Mittelstadt, 25, continues to improve. This season, he shows 12 goals and 42 points in 50 games. He will be a restricted free agent this summer and his asking price will be well above the $2.6 million he is earning this season.

The question Buffalo Sabres GM Kevyn Adams is probably asking is how many higher salaried players his team can afford moving forward. Rasmus Dahlin, Owen Power, Dylan Cozens and Tage Thomson already have received new lucrative deals

The Sabres need goaltending. The Flyers can’t help there. But the Sabres need defensive help, and the Flyers could offer help there. Bailey this could be a deal that could help both teams.

“The Philadelphia Flyers have expressed their seriousness about making hockey trades that make sense for the organization,” Bailey wrote, ” whether it be for now, the future, or both. They now have the opportunity to prove it by making a Casey Mittelstadt trade with the Buffalo Sabres.”

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Red Wings Next Game

Alex Lyon will be starting for the Detroit Red Wings today when they meet the No. 1-ranked Vancouver Canucks in a Saturday (1 p.m.) matinee at Little Caesars Arena. The Canucks (34-12-5) own the NHL’s best record this season. The Red Wings (26-18-6) enter the game in an Eastern Conference wild card spot, two points ahead of the New York Islanders.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: The Bruins will add speed to the lineup with the call up of Anthony Richard. Jimmy Murphy has the story. Boston Bruins.

Colorado: Evan Rawal weighs in about what the Colorado Avalanche should do before the trade deadline. He thinks there’s still an available center who could help.

Pittsburgh: The Penguins are one of the teams battling the Red Wings for an Eastern Conference wild card position. PHN’s Dan Kingerski has that story plus, a tidbit about the Vancouver Canucks being interested in ex-Penguins player Phil Kessel. Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Nashville: NHN examines which Nashville Predators are underachieving and what players are overachieving.

New York: A report by Pierre LeBrun say GM Lou Lamoriello is trying to acquire some help up front for the New York Islanders before the trade deadline.

New Jersey: Reports say GM Tom Fitzgerald still plans to be aggressive before the NHL trade deadline. The New Jersey Devils need help in goal and defense.

San Jose: Banged up Mikael Granlund could be back on the ice for practice tomorrow. He is a possible trade target before the deadline. San Jose Sharks.