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Shayne Gostisbehere: Trade Him Or Move Him to Forward?

What’s the latest on defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere out of Philadelphia? Are they going to trade him or move him to forward?

There’s some discussion today about Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere. Not only because it’s his birthday, but because of speculation that Flyers might have an interest in re-signing Justin Bruan to a contract extension.

Flyers beat writer for Philadelphia Inquirer/DN, Sam Carchidi tweeted that if the Flyers show interest in re-signing Braun, it will likely be because they were able to move well-paid and sometimes-struggling Gostisbehere.

During this past NHL season, there were reports that the Flyers tried to move Gostisbehere and perhaps considered moving him around the roster. More specifically, there was some talk about moving the defenseman to the wing. Reports were that, to the Flyers, it was only an idea and not a permanent move. “Not for the long-term, no. But it’s been discussed a few times in single-game situations.”

Moving defensemen to forward is not a completely new idea. Players like Dustin Byfuglien (who just recently became a free agent) and Brent Burns (widely considered one of the most offensively-gifted NHL blueliners) have made the move before. None lasted.

The Flyers are one of those teams that may have to make some moves. They have about $69 million committed to 13 players and will need to sign some big names. They need another goaltender too and that may not come cheap.

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  1. HockeyJoe

    April 21, 2020 at 6:53 am

    The Flyers will probably have to move Ghost, to avoid losing him in the expansion draft. I HIGHLY doubt there was ANY consideration by the Flyers to move him to any forward position. I believe that is purely in the minds of the self proclaimed hockey experts that freely post on various web sites aimed at nothing more than hits to generate $$$. Hockey fiction, proliferated by hockey noobs.

    • NHL Trade Talk

      April 21, 2020 at 11:31 am

      Could be. I’ve read from a few different places this was an idea that had been tossed around but nothing that was ever considered to be a long-term move. Be hard to know if Seattle would take him if he has another less-than season.

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