PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In addition to adding rookies during the NHL Draft, the Flyers also pulled off a trade with the Arizona Coyotes to acquire 25-year old center Sam Gagner. The Flyers sent the Coyotes defenseman Nicklas Grossman and the contract of Chris Pronger.
The trade was a cap motivated move for the Flyers who will save around $5 million as a result of the move.READ MORE: Temple University Student Samuel Sean Collington Killed In Off-Campus Shooting In North Philadelphia
Even more money could be saved, as the team is considering buying out the contract of Gagner who can be bought out up until June 30.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old, Kanye Davis, Shot 8 Times In Deadly North Philadelphia Shooting, Police Say
The dilemma for Ron Hextall and the Flyers is whether or not it is worth keeping Gagner on the roster instead of further improving the health of the cap.MORE NEWS: TSA Confiscates Loaded Handgun From Man At Philadelphia International Airport
Gagner is a natural center, something the Flyers do not necessarily need. However, last season he split time between center and both wing positions. His versatility and willingness to move around the ice could be keys to convincing the Flyers to keep him in town.