Blue Jackets, Kings & Flyers Pull Off Three-Way Trade

The first of many summer blockbusters? Let's hope so as there's been a massive three-way deal agreed upon by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings. Hockey insider Elliotte Friedman was first to report the trade, which sees multiple pieces involved and lots of money retained

Full Trade: 
Philadelphia trades Ivan Provorov and Hayden Hodgson to Los Angeles in exchange for Cal Peterson, Sean Walker, Helge Grans and the Kings' 2024 second-round pick. Columbus acquires Kevin Connauton from Philadelphia in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick (22nd overall) and conditional second-round pick in either the 2024 or 2025 NHL Draft. Columbus acquires Provorov from Los Angeles in exchange for Connauton.

The Flyers made off with an absolute haul as Briere impresses the crowd with his first trade. The Kings, on the other hand, wanted to create some cap flexibility and do so moving on from Petersen. The southpaw netminder spent the majority of last season in the minors and posted a save percentage below .900 in 10 games with the Kings. Walker was made the odd man out during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and it was only a matter of time before he was moved this summer.

LA will soon announce a contract extension for defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov. 

Provorov joins Mike Babcock in Columbus, a player the veteran coach is very fond of. The Blue Jackets get a mobile blueliner in Provorov who has top-pair potential. Last season in 82 games with the Flyers, Provorov recorded 27 points in 82 games. His career high is 41. 

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