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The Daily: Trading ‘Bob’ Flyers Worst Trade Ever?; Kane Update

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The Philadelphia Flyers search for a proven goalie has caused considerable stress for the fan base through the years. That’s why it may sting a bit for Philadelphia faithful to see the Florida Panthers in the Stanley Cup Final for the second year in a row using a former Flyers netminder.

Jonathan Bailey’s story for PHN explores the idea that trading Sergei Bobrovsky may have been the Flyers’ worst trade in their history.

The Flyers moved ‘Bob’ to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 22, 2012, in exchange for a 2012 second-round pick, a 2012 fourth-round pick, and a 2013 fourth-round pick.

“That was chump change back then, and it’s chump change now,” Bailey wrote, “Bobrovsky, now 35 years old, is just four wins away from the ultimate prize after his Panthers eliminated the New York Rangers in six games on Saturday night, staking claim to a decisive 2-1 victory. The one-time Flyers star has cemented himself as one of the very best goalies of the modern era, among the likes of Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist, Tuukka Rask, Pekka Rinne, Ryan Miller, Ben Bishop, and plenty of others.”

Meanwhile, the Flyers have reached the Stanley Cup Final once in the past quarter century. One of the draft picks the Flyers received in that Bobrovsky deal became goalie Anthony Stolarz. He is now Bobrovsky’s backup in Florida.

Red Wings in Case You Missed It

Bob Duff writes that based on history, the Red Wings should not trade for a goalie this offseason. Teams seem to do best when they develop their own goalie.

Detroit GM Steve Yzerman opted not to sign three prospects whose rights were expiring. One of them was 2020 second-round pick Theodore Niederbach. 

The Grand Rapids Griffins should still be highly competitive next season. Defensemen William Wallinder, Antti Tuomisto and Shai Buium leading the way.

Red Wings Offseason

Bet MGM has Patrick Kane ranked fourth on their NHL unrestricted free agent chart. No other Detroit UFA cracks the top 20. Former Red Wings player Tyler Bertuzzi is 15th.

Hockey Now Network

Montreal: Canadiens prospect Owen Beck is the MVP of the Memorial Cup.  Montreal Canadiens.

Nashville: NHN writes that Igor Afanasyev and Zach L’Heureux are the only prospect ready to compete for a spot on Nashville’s roster next fall. Nashville Predators.

Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski writes that the Penguins have to say no to three possibilities, including trading Tristan Jarry. Pittsburgh Penguins.