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Flyers seeking help at forward

GM Hextall says trading first-round draft pick is option @NHLdotcom

General manager Ron Hextall said he would like to upgrade the Philadelphia Flyers' forward depth and will look to do so at the 2016 NHL Draft and through free agency.

"Up front, I'd like to add a forward or two, whether it be through the draft, through the system, free agency," Hextall said in a video posted on the Flyers website Wednesday. "We're looking to upgrade up front in our top nine. We feel we have a good team. We have a good foundation. We have good kids coming, but we've got work to do."

Forwards Brayden Schenn, Nick Cousins and Jordan Weal can each become a restricted free agent July 1. The Flyers are not expected to have much space under the salary cap, though the cap has not been set for next season.

Hextall said he could be willing to trade the Flyers' first-round pick (No. 18) at the draft, which will be held at First Niagara Center in Buffalo on June 24-25.

"There's a little bit with us of [thinking] we're going to get the same player at [No.] 18 as we would a few picks ahead," Hextall said. "So depending on how far up, we would look to move up. It depends on who is on the board, what the price is, so there are a lot of other things that come into play there. We'll look to move up, and who knows depending on where the board is at a couple of picks before us, we could possibly move back as well."

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