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Flyers Trying to Free Up Money For a Trade With Gostisbehere Waiver

The Philadelphia Flyers placed Shayne Gostisbehere on waivers Tuesday. Is this step one in the team trying to clear cap space for a trade?

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Not long ago, most insiders wouldn’t have put money down on the odds that a struggling defenseman like Shayne Gostisbehere would have been claimed off waivers if placed there by the Philadelphia Flyers, Today, after news broke that the team has done so, not everyone is totally sold, nor convinced that a desperate team won’t take a second look.

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The Flyers placed the 27-year-old blueliner on waivers Tuesday and while the odds aren’t great he’ll be claimed, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Philadelphia is trying to free up some cap room to make a major trade. Placing Gostisbehere on the waiver wire could be part one of their plan and it sounds like the organization is hoping the timing of such a move matches with how badly some teams need a defenseman.

Gostisbehere’s $4.5 million contract will scare a number of teams off but it’s becoming clear that more than a handful of NHL clubs need to improve their blue line before April 12 and the NHL Trade Deadline. If Gostisbehere gets claimed, the Flyers have money to work with. If he doesn’t, this decision tells other teams the player could be available for little in return.

While his cap hit is $4.5 million, Gostisbehre is only drawing $3.25 million in salary. That could entice teams like the Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and the Los Angeles Kings to take a second look, especially if a sweetener gets tossed in as part of any deal.

Could Gostisbehere Be a Gamble That Pays Off?

Gostisbehere is well-removed from his 65-point season in 2017-18, but he has been slightly better this year with five goals and 11 points in 25 games. He’s still young and he could be a reclamation project for a team thinking he’s got something left in the tank.

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