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Should the Flyers claim Yannick Weber? The Vancouver Canucks placed Weber on waivers today in order to make room for the return of Former Flyers Legend Dan Hamhuis, whose career in Philadelphia lasted about 6 days.
With the injury news to Sean Couturier earlier, the idea of loading up for a playoff run may be far-fetched, but bringing Weber in makes a bit of sense if the Flyers intend to sell at the trade deadline.
As of now, other than the buried Andrew MacDonald, no one on the Flyers Defense is signed past next season:
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Mark Streit is likely a lucrative rental who could potentially bring back a first round pick. Yevgeni Medvedev and Nick Schultz should both be moved as their age doesn’t fit with the Cup Window the Flyers intend to open with super prospects Shayne Gostisbehere, Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov and Sam Morin. That said, Sanheim and Provorov are both stuck in Juniors, Ghost is already here and Morin would replace Schultz’s role, not Streit or Medvedev.
So, let’s say for a minute that the Flyers can find takers for all three of Schultz, Streit and Medvedev. If that happens, there’s room for Yannick Weber.
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Weber is far better at both shot generation and suppression than Nick Schultz. Weber’s also got a cannon of a shot and could pair well with Michael Del Zotto on the second power play unit if Streit and Medvedev both are traded.
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Weber’s also better than Brandon Manning and unlike Manning, Weber’s right handed shot would be helpful as the departure of Luke Schenn has left Radko Gudas as the only right shot in the lineup. Weber’s down season also makes him a cheap 6-7 option for next year, and he could probably be brought back on a 1 year, 1 way deal of 900,000, which is under the bury threshold and therefore he could be sent to the AHL if he doesn’t improve.
If the Flyers are lucky enough to move to all three of Streit-Medvedev-Schultz, a defense of:
The Flyers would have a two fold benefit, one is playing Andrew MacDonald at the NHL level would be needed to get him to a point where he could be traded, rather than bought out this summer. Morin and Ghost would be able to get NHL games under their belts together in preparation for next year and the Flyers could let Manning and Weber compete for the 7th D slot for next season.
Also, if Weber’s shot proves useful and keeps the Flyers in contention, the returning Couturier would be a massive boost as well.
Another route, that’s less tank oriented, would just be to move Streit or Medvedev and Schultz. This would leave the following defense:
The Flyers would end up with a defense that’s likely still decent enough to tread water while still acquiring more assets for the future. The Flyers can then give Medvedev one more year or more likely, just trade Streit at the draft instead. Manning and Weber would still battle out for the seventh D slot next season.
So, should the Flyers claim Yannick Weber? The answer is yes, it’s a low risk, potential high reward move.