Red Wings: Analyzing 3 Possible Trade Partners in the East Division

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MARCH 11: Luke Glendening #41 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Little Caesars Arena on March 11, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MARCH 11: Luke Glendening #41 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Little Caesars Arena on March 11, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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Philadelphia Flyers

Cap Space: $4.6 Million

Red Wings In Play: Jonathan Bernier

The Flyers are a team far more desperate than the Bruins. Six points behind Boston, Philly is a team that needs to make a change if they want a playoff spot. They are a talented team struggling to put it together–as many expected this to be the year where they took the logical step toward Stanley Cup contention. One of the biggest reasons for their struggles has been the mediocre play of their projected franchise goaltender, Carter Hart. His save percentage is currently sitting at .873, and fellow goaltender Brian Elliott has actually surpassed that percentage with an .890 save percentage.

However, Carter Hart is a young player at just 22. While he’s still figuring things out, it’s far too early to write him off.

This is why Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier could be of interest: some insurance for Hart while providing the Flyers and their young goalie a confidence boost.  Sporting a save percentage of .910 on a struggling team, Bernier is one of Detroit’s better trade assets. With the Flyers reportedly shopping for a goaltender and Detroit possibly unloading one, this could be a perfect match.

Best Case:

Jonathan Bernier: ’21 or ’22 2nd round pick

The Flyers get desperate at the deadline, and pay the premium for reliable goaltending.

Realistic:

Jonathan Bernier: ’21 or ’22 3rd round pick

The Flyers play hardball because of Bernier’s rough performance against the Predators coupled with some injuries this season. They decide to play it a bit safer with a 3rd rounder.