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NHL Insider Reveals Philadelphia Flyers Made Blockbuster Trade Offer To Acquire Star Player

Published January 12, 2024 at 8:41 PM

The Colorado Avalanche are one of the favorites to win the Stanley cup this season. However, this did not stop one eastern conference team from asking about one of their top-four defenseman this season, as one NHL insider recently revealed.

Flyers Sought Blockbuster Trade Involving Avalanche Top Defenseman

According to Elliotte Friedman, the Flyers reportedly offered former 5th overall pick Cutter Gauthier to the Avalanche in a one-for-one trade that would have sent Bowen Byram back to the Flyers.

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The insider reported the missed trade opportunity this morning on 32 thoughts where he noted that the Avalanche wanted significantly more for Byram, despite his injury history. The Flyers were probably right to move on as Gauthier could easily be a more impactful NHLer on his own at this point.

Friedman on Flyers/Avs/Cutter Gauthier (32TP): «I think Philly did ask about Bowen Byram and I just think Colorado wasn't going thereI suspect Colorado's answer was we are not doing this 1-for-1, it's got to be more than Gauthier for Byram»

Ultimately, the Flyers walked away with Jamie Drysdale and a second round pick in exchange for their former 5th overall pick. The haul is certainly less appealing than Byram could have been, but it also brings less risk, as Drysdale's injury history is less concerning for his long-term outlook.

TRADE: We have acquired left wing Cutter Gauthier from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Jamie Drysdale and a second-round selection in the 2025 NHL Draft.

We will just have to wait and see how this trade will turn out, but there is a possibility that both teams walk away feeling good about it.

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NHL Insider Reveals Philadelphia Flyers Made Blockbuster Trade Offer To Acquire Star Player

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