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Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere Traded to Coyotes in Cap Dump Move

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to the Arizona Coyotes, along with a couple of draft picks for no return.

Per sources, the Arizona Coyotes are close to taking on another big contract. After adding Andrew Ladd from the New York Islanders, the Coyotes are completing a deal for Philadelphia Flyers left-handed defenseman Shayne Gostibehere, who has two years left on a deal with an AAV of $4.5M. The defenseman is now 28 years old.

Pierre LeBrun reports the trade deal is complete and the Flyers also sending Arizona a 2nd RD pick and 7th RD pick both in 2022. He writes, “Flyers get nothing in return from Arizona. Well, other than cap relief, which they needed.”

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The Flyers added Ryan Ellis prior to the NHL Expansion Draft and there’s talk they’re going after other big ticket defenseman this offseason. It was imperative the team move money off the books. Philadelphia GM Chuck Fletcher released a short statement on the move:

This was a difficult decision but one we thought was necessary given the reality of the salary cap. Shayne has been a quality player for this organization since the moment he arrived in Philadelphia and has been a part of many special moments in his seven seasons as a Flyer.

This is now the second deal where Arizona has taken on a big contract but given up nothing to do so. They’ve been looking to restock their draft picks cupboard and the Ladd and Gostisbehere deals have really gone a long way in helping them do so.

For Gostisbehere, it’s probably a good feeling to know he’ll be done having to listen to his name come up in trade rumors and as he’ll be headed to the desert where he’s going to get an opportunity to play and get his game back on track. The wheels sort of fell of for this player after having an incredible season in 2017-18 where he scored 65 points. He had 20 points in 41 games this past year, so it’s very possible he’s not washed up and this is a winning deal for the Coyotes.

The issues the Coyotes will have to address is Gostisbehere’s high-risk style. He can produce offense, but he often does so at the expense of defense. If the Coyotes plan on being a team that takes any kind of step forward, it will be important they keep the puck out of their own net.

Gostisbehere averaged 19:56 per game with the Flyers last season. It’s likely he’ll play a similar role in Arizona.

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