The Philadelphia Flyers are close to a wild card spot, but they should be sellers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline. GM Ron Hextall has alot of decisions to make about his team.
Defencemen Mark Streit, Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz are all on expiring contracts and could be moved for assets. Goaltenders Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth are both set to hit free agency on July 1 and the Flyers could move one of the two goalies.
Hextall is even considering to trade captain Claude Giroux. Giroux is slumping with two goals in his past 23 games. The 29 year old's contract doesn't expire until 2022 and carries a $8.275 million cap hit as well as a no-movement clause.
Maybe Giroux is playing injured, though he denies it. Maybe past injures, including a concussion, have just taken a toll. Maybe he just needs big wingers by his side - he was at his best when he played between Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr - to give him more skating room.
The Philadelphia Flyers should be a busy team at the trade deadline with decisions to make on their goaltenders, their UFA defensemen, and their expensive forwards, who are not producing enough offence.