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Philadelphia could move veterans including Streit, Read

Flyers NHL Trade Deadline outlook

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline approaching at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 29, NHL.com is taking a close look at what moves teams might be looking to make and whether they'll be buyers or sellers. Today, the Philadelphia Flyers: 

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 

Record: 24-21-10, 58 points; 7th in Metropolitan Division; 5th in Eastern Conference Wild Card 

Unrestricted free agents: Sam Gagner, C; Colin McDonald, RW; Ryan White, C; Jason LaBarbera, G

Restricted free agents: Brayden Schenn, C; Michael Raffl, LW; Radko Gudas, D; Brandon Manning, D; Nick Cousins, C; Scott Laughton, C 

Projected 2016 draft picks: 10 (1 first)

Projected 2017 draft picks: 9 (1 first)

Needs: Playmaking forwards

Surpluses: Young defensemen

Players Potentially in Play: Mark Streit, Nick Schultz, Ryan White, Matt Read, R.J. Umberger, Schenn 

Likely status: Seller 

Skinny: The Flyers have hung around the periphery of the Stanley Cup Playoff race for most of the season in part because of solid goaltending and strong contributions from their top line of Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek. But too much game-to-game inconsistency makes their road to the postseason a difficult one. The Flyers also are one of the lowest-scoring teams in the NHL. They are flush with young defensive prospects, topped by Calder Trophy candidate Shayne Gostisbehere, and next season could see the arrival of Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov or Samuel Morin. General manager Ron Hextall could use one of his young defensemen as trade bait to acquire a scorer but he's shown little interest to sacrifice his young assets. It's more likely Hextall tries to move veteran players to continue stockpiling prospects and draft picks. Streit, who has one season at $5.25 million remaining, could help a team looking to bolster its power play. Read is a recent healthy scratch but a two-time 20 goal scorer signed through 2017-18 with an average annual value of $3.625 million.

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