After a good start to the season, the Flyers’ playoff hopes have quickly gone downhill after a putrid month of March. Going 6-10-1 in March where they allowed an NHL-leading 75 goals and ending with a crushing loss to the Buffalo Sabres, breaking their 18-game losing streak.

And while the Flyers are not mathematically finished (yet), it looks like it would take a major collapse from the teams above them in the standings to have a chance at the playoffs.

So with the trade deadline quickly approaching on April 12th, it’s likely the Flyers will be sellers. So who might be on the trade block?

Scott Laughton

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This would be a tough pill to swallow for Flyers fans and the players. There’s no doubt that Scott Laughton is beloved by the fans and his teammates. And Laughton is a pretty good player too with 17 points in 35 games. The 26-year old is a perfect bottom-six player with some skill and many teams would love to have him.

Also adding to the possibility of a trade is that Laughton’s contract is up at the end of the season, making him even more desirable to a contender.

Michael Raffl

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Very similar to Scott Laughton, Raffl is a perfect example of a bottom-six player and could add forward depth to any contending team for the playoffs.

The longtime Flyer would be a tough one to let go as its well noted that he is also beloved by his teammates, especially Claude Giroux.

But with Tanner Laczynski playing very well in the AHL, it looks like he could push for an NHL spot very soon, making a guy like Raffl more expendable.

With Raffl’s contract also expiring after the season, teams will be chomping at the bit to get Raffl in their bottom-six.

Shayne Gostisbehere

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Seems like a Gostisbehere trade has been talked about for years, but nothing has ever surfaced.

While he’s had his flashes, it’s obvious that his style of play just doesn’t fit the Flyers team as currently constructed.

Though the Flyers waived him last month with no team willing to claim him, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Ghost’s talents are unwanted around the league. The main thing holding up a Ghost trade is his hefty contract.

With 2 more seasons on his contract at $4.5 million AAV, teams have shied away from bringing in the talented but flawed 27-year old defenseman.

The Flyers would likely have to take on an expiring contract to get it done, but it seems like something they would do to get out of the next two years of Gostisbehere’s contract.

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