If you like NHL trades, keep checking Twitter because there might be a blockbuster involving the Philadelphia Flyers in the immediate future. GM Paul Holmgren is in talks with the Edmonton Oilers about the availability of Jordan Eberle, according to tweets from CBS Sports and Flyers Insider Tim Pinaccio of CSN Philly.
Rumours rarely come to fruition, yet, when the Flyers are involved, anything is possible. Nothing should surprise us from the franchise that traded Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in the same day, a mere one year after a trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
NHL rumors: Flyers talking to Oilers about Jordan Eberle http://t.co/QkDoiOEUcT
— CBS Sports NHL (@CBSSportsNHL) November 8, 2013
The Flyers terrible start to the season is well publicized. They are (4-10-1) with the lowest goals scored total in the entire NHL.
The Oilers are in a comparably troublesome situation at the moment. With 10 points earned they comfortably occupy the bottom spot in the Pacific Division. Although they aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the chances of them catching the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, or Vancouver Canucks in the standings seems dreamy at best.
With both teams struggling, the possibility of a trade becomes realistic. Helping a potential transaction between the Flyers and Oilers are the contrasting strengths and needs separating the two clubs. The Flyers need more offence – something the Oilers possess in high levels. And, the Oilers need to get bigger. The Flyers have size in abundance.
Luke Schenn (obviously), Couturier … what else? RT @tpanotchCSN Told today Flyers are talking with EDM about Eberle
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) November 8, 2013
Defenceman Luke Schenn was the recent victim of a healthy scratching, thrusting him into the spotlight as a potential trade piece headed to Edmonton, or anywhere else. The Oilers could use a physical player like Schenn, although not at the cost of a young scorer.
In the eyes of Oilers managment, Eberle will be an Oiler forever. Forever is a long time, but, he's not a trade target.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 8, 2013
Dreger’s tweet rules out the possibility Eberle will be moved to the Flyers anytime soon, however, it doesn’t necessarily confirm that talks between the two clubs never occurred.
The Flyers are running out of options. They’ve already fired head coach Peter Laviolette, to no avail. Captain Claude Giroux can’t buy a goal. Things are bad in Philly. In fact, owner Ed Snider insists things have never been worse for his club.
Ed Snider says things have "never" been like they are now with the Flyers. #FlyersTalk
— Sarah Baicker (@sbaickerTCN) November 8, 2013
"Ive been in the game for 47 years and never seen anything like this," Snider said. #Flyers
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) November 8, 2013