Which is exactly what I’d be doing if I were the Flyer’s general manager given the mess that’s been made on their defense.
What isn’t clear is why the Canadiens would have any interest in trading Subban. He’s the team’s best skater and the linchpin of the team’s defensive corp. Well known RDS buffoon and purveyor of terrible opinions Bertrand Raymond has suggested that he might clash with new coach Michael Therrien. That would be a ludicrous reason to trade Subban though, if anything its a reason to fire the coach. Even Raymond whose been known to be anti-Subban in the past things a trade is a bad idea though.
The Canadiens have denied talks apparently but it seems word has leaked from the Philadelphia side. Its also been reported that Flyer’s coach Laviotte insisted that Couturier be off the table. If that’s true, then it says to me the Flyers are no where near committed enough to get this done even if a trade is possible. Subban’s impact easily outclasses Couturier’s, now and in the future and Subban fills a far bigger need for Philadelphia. The only guy the Flyers have that gets me at all interested in moving Subban is Claude Giroux. This isn’t just me being a homer, Flyer’s site Broad Street Hockey agrees.
Before anyone hyperventilates on this issue it should be noted that all that is reported is that the teams talked. Which is reasonable business practice for Montreal even if they have no intention of trading Subban. It never hurts to get an idea of what other people think your assets are worth.
For what its worth, lets see what a better journalist had to say about the same story (which is probably a non-story).
Which paints a far more sensible view of things. Plenty of teams want Subban. Habs want to keep Subban. If you over-sheet Subban Montreal opens its massive warchest and matches (maybe counter attacks on offersheets at a later date).
Audience participation time, what kind of deal would the Flyers have to offer to make trading Subban not feel like a screw-job? Post them in the comment section.