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Normally, no one would consider Brandon Manning a trade target, but after this week, where Mike Weber was dealt for a third round pick. It’s possible Manning could fetch the same return.
Via Own the Puck
Manning and Weber aren’t far off each other in terms of talent, and Manning clocks in at a much cheaper cap price. While Mark Streit is the target for a top four defender, a team with no depth or in need of a cheap third pair guy could be in on Manning. He’s not top four material, but if a team has injury questions on defense, Manning’s not the worst available option. Also, with his 625K cap hit, he won’t break the bank and could still leave a team with enough space to go after another rental.
Washington may have pulled themselves off the market with Weber, but the Florida Panthers could try to swing a deal for Manning if their internal budget, or lack of desire to commit to a second year, keeps them out of the Mark Streit sweepstakes.
Of course, the reverse is also true for the Flyers, the fact Manning’s been a third pair talent and is cheap is exactly the reason to bring him back for next year once again as a hybrid sixth/seventh defender. Manning turns 26 over the summer, so he’s likely in his prime right now and his prime is a third pair option/seventh defender option. Should the Flyers find a way to unload two Radko Gudas, Nick Schultz and Andrew MacDonald before the start of next season and Streit at the deadline, having Manning as an option will allow the Flyers to not rush Sam Morin, Robert Hagg, Travis Sanheim or Ivan Provorov.
Manning’s contract status and cost are the best reasons to both trade him and keep him. If Mike Weber is worth a third round pick, so is Brandon Manning.
The best result of an excess of third round picks that can be used to convince a team to take Andrew MacDonald. Or, pick 5 more Shayne Gostisbehere’s.