Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames in Trade Talks?
By Dustin Leed (@D_LEED)
The opportunity for Calgary Flames Assistant General Manager/Player Personnel John Weisbrod to land Flyers’ Matt Read may finally arise.
Sources confirmed late Friday night that in addition to other teams, the Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers have had trade discussions prior to the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, New Jersey.
The Flyers, who are believed to want to move up in the draft, also according to sources may be trying to obtain another first round draft pick in addition to the 11th overall selection.
The Flames currently pick three times in the first round, at 6, 22 and 28 overall and just might be willing to move one of those for Read, a Calgary born winger.
Here’s where it gets interesting.
After moving on as a scout with the Dallas Stars in 2005, Weisbrod joined the Boston Bruins front office as a scout.
In 2008, Weisbrod was named director of pro and collegiate scouting for the Bruins. It just so happens, that was Read’s sophomore season at Bemidji State University.
Weisbrod and the Bruins were impressed with Read and the organization invited him to the Bruins Rookie Developmental Camp during his early years at Bemidji — while Weisbrod was the Bruins director of collegiate scouting.
Read left without a contract and attended three other NHL rookie camps before the sweepstakes really took off. Weisbrod’s Bruins among other teams pursued Read in 2009, after his junior season, but the college standout waited until after his senior season to sign professionally, with the Flyers.
Read’s first year in the NHL – when he led all rookies in goals with 24 – was Weisbrod’s first season with Calgary.
The 26-year-old could fit in well with a re-tooling Calgary team.
CBC’s and Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman said this of Matt Read and Calgary in his 30 Thoughts column March of 2013:
If Philly does any business with Calgary, know that Flames assistant GM John Weisbrod has chased Read for years.
Weisbrod had this to say to NHL.com in late May:
Flames general manager Jay Feaster might be open to any draft-day scenario, which includes possibly trading his first-round choices for additional assets.
“But we like the way things sit right now,” Weisbrod said. “We like the idea of picking three times, but we’ve got a lot of things to address with our team.
“We’re in a little bit of a retooling mode after some of the trades that got us picks, and we have holes in the lineup, so there’s going to be a lot of constructive discussion between now and the draft about potential trades for actual players or moving picks around. I think it’s certainly a possibility for us that our draft number and picks might not look the same on the day of the draft as they do today, but those are things we’ll dig in on between now and then.”
While Read is one of the biggest bargain’s in the NHL, he enters his last season making $900,000 and is a UFA at the end of the year. Read will be in line for a large bump in salary from the cap-stricken Flyers, who need to re-sign RFA’s Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn among others following the 2013-14 season.
If the Flyers, who are trying to obtain another pick in the first round, find the right value for a proven 20-goal scorer, the Calgary Flames, who have three first rounds picks, just might be the fit.
Weisbrod could finally get his hands on that one-time collegiate standout.