3 Potential Trade Destinations for Flyers' Cam Atkinson

The Philadelphia Flyers are trying to trade Cam Atkinson. GM Daniel Briere met with a number of teams over the course of the past few weeks and there seems to be some traction gathering on the trade market.

Atkinson was miserable to finish the season in Philly and a change of scenery is going to be much appreciated from then veteran winger. Atkinson recorded just 28 points in 70 games last season and is entering the final year of his contract, where he's set to earn $5.87 million against the cap.

Atkinson owns a modified 10-team no-trade clause and will have some say in the matter but considering he wants out, he's likely open to anything. Here's three teams who are potential trade destinations for the 35-year-old winger:

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks have money to burn and they've shown recently they are open to adding some talent up front. Darren Dreger of TSN has linked the Sharks to the Flyers as Atkinson would be a great mentor for a lot of their young forwards who are expected to play some serious minutes next season. Riding out the back nine of your career playing in San Jose would be quite the change of pace from John Tortorella and the Flyers.

Los Angeles Kings

The Kings are expected to lose Viktor Arvidsson and will be looking for a short-term fix. Atkinson makes a ton of sense as a veteran winger who can play either side and provide some secondary offense. While he only had 28 points last season, two years ago Atkinson posted 23 goals and 50 points in 73 games so he's certainly capable of bouncing back. He also has 26 points in 35 career Stanley Cup Playoff games so he can elevate his game when needed. The Kings have lots of cap space and can make this deal work, as the Flyers are likely open to a lesser return just to get the contract off their books.

Detroit Red Wings

The Wings are expected to lose David Perron to free agency this summer so Atkinson could be a veteran replacement. Detroit has over $29.3 million in cap space to work with and want to make the playoffs next season so they could find some secondary offense in Atkinson's game and use him on their second line and second power-play unit. 

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