The First Domino Falls

Posted: June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

The first trade has been made. The Philadelphia Flyers have traded GK Sergei Bobrovsky to the Columbus Blue Jackets for draft picks. Bobrovsky, 23, played in 29 games last year, going 14-10-2 with a 3.02 GAA. This coming after a brilliant rookie campaign in 2010-2011 in which the Russian net minder went 28-13-8 with a 2.59 GAA.

The exact value of those draft picks received is not yet known. However, TSN Insider Darren Dreger reports on Twitter that the Flyers will receive three draft picks, including the 45th overall pick acquired previously from Ottawa. This gives the Flyers a haul of draft picks that they could perhaps use to deal for a defenseman or even Anaheim RW Bobby Ryan.

One thing this trade does is likely take the Flyers out of the running for RW Rick Nash. The Blue Jacket franchise player has been on the trading block, but Columbus GM Scott Howson’s requests are rumored to be out of this world. It’s likely that Bob was part of a potential package for Nash, but that the Flyers weren’t willing to meet Howson’s asking price.

The move now means the Flyers will need a veteran goalie this offseason to backup Ilya Bryzgalov. But, it also gives the Flyers trade chips to use this weekend.

The draft begins this evening at 7:00 PM on NBC Sports Network. A quick reminder to check out http://www.PhillySportsPort.com for all your Philadelphia Flyers news.

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