Flyers ‘alternate’ Gostisbehere, picks to Coyotes

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  • Greg WyshynskiESPN


      Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL creator.

The Philadelphia Flyers traded defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and two draft picks to the Arizona Coyotes and got nothing in return.

The Flyers despatched a second-round rob in 2022 and a seventh-round rob in the 2022 NHL draft, beforehand purchased from the Montreal Canadiens, to the Coyotes on Thursday.

Once regarded as a high offensive defenseman in the NHL, Gostisbehere had seen his manufacturing progressively decrease in the last three seasons. He has 219 gains in 381 games, nonetheless easiest 46 of these gains had been tallied from 2018 to ’21. Gostisbehere, 28, who used to be a third-round rob by the Flyers in 2012, used to be currently left exposed in the Seattle expansion draft.

“This used to be a fancy decision nonetheless one we thought used to be essential given the truth of the wage cap,” Flyers total manager Chuck Fletcher stated in a press release. “Shayne has been a quality player for this group since the moment he arrived in Philadelphia and has been a part of many special moments in his seven seasons as a Flyer.”

It’s the second alternate in the last week made by the Coyotes in which nothing used to be despatched to the various crew. They moreover purchased forward Andrew Ladd, a 2021 second-round draft preference (60th total from Colorado), a 2022 conditional second-round draft preference and a 2023 conditional third-round draft preference from the Original York Islanders.

In both cases, the Coyotes purchased a bounty of draft picks while taking on a contract groups wanted off of their wage caps. Ladd has two years left on his contract, with a $5.5 million cap hit if he plays in the NHL. Gostisbehere has a $4.5 million cap hit for the next two seasons.

“Due to the our cap, we can absorb some money for hot avid gamers,” total manager Bill Armstrong stated after the Ladd alternate. “They’re accumulated true NHL avid gamers, nonetheless on the identical time we can acquire picks. That is a energy that we contain now ideal now, and we contain now to acquire income of that.”

The Coyotes contain 12 avid gamers below contract for next season, with better than $24 million in birth cap apartment.

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