On Tuesday night the Flyers dropped their second straight tilt with the New York Islanders in a shootout loss. The contest brought the Orange and Black’s losing streak to nine games, somehow just their second-longest such streak of the season. With the 2021-2022 season officially a wash, surely the “Everything Must Go” sign will soon be erected outside of the Wells Fargo Center. The question is whether the firesale will extend to the team’s more valuable young pieces. Below, that is addressed on a player-by-player basis.
Still a month out from his 22nd birthday, Joel Farabee has had an up and down season to this point. Farabee, like the Flyers at large, goes from world-beating highs to invisible lows. That is exemplified most by the pace at which he scores; 14 of his 18 points have come as part of 3+ game hot streaks. While inconsistency is not a desirable trait in an explosive forward, Farabee’s youth, promise, and lengthy contract ($5 million AAV through 2028) make keeping Farabee a rare no-brainer for the Flyers. Verdict: Keep
Travis Konecny has been a good NHL player through parts of six seasons but has not reached the potential his eye test has so often teased. While the past two seasons, both ignominious for the Flyers, are perhaps not fair conditions for judging individual players, Konecny has faltered nonetheless. The winger has significantly cooled from his 2019-2020 All-Star season (61 points in 66 GP), which looks more like a peak than a sign of things to come. At worst, Konency is still a rock-solid top-six forward, having scored 24 goals in three consecutive seasons following his rookie year. For a team as far off as the Flyers, though, like Brayden Schenn before him, Konecny may be of more use to the organization as a trade chip. Verdict: Available
Travis Sanheim was perhaps lucky to survive the offseason culling that purged fellow former top-prospects Nolan Patrick, Robert Hagg, and Phillippe Myers. After all, paired with Myers, Sanheim was a big part of the Flyers’ league-worst defense in 2020-2021, logging a -22. Chuck Fletcher doubled down on Sanheim, though, who has rewarded the GM with what has quietly been his best season to date. Sanheim is one of just three Flyers with a positive +/- through 30 or more games, and the lone defensemen on that list. The trouble with Sanheim is that his “prove it” deal, lasting only until the end of next season, has coincided with the Flyers’ prospective rebuild. Moreover, Sanheim has not played often or well alongside blueline top dog Ivan Provorov, also 25. A valuable young skater on one of the Flyers’ few short contracts, playoff teams will undoubtedly be sniffing around the fast lefty. Verdict: Available
Carter Hart, as ever, is a supremely talented headache in the Flyers’ goal. While he has bounced back from a nightmarish 2020-2021 in which he posted a .877 save percentage, Hart remains positionally challenged, alternating eye-popping saves with near post softies. More than anything, though, Hart has been hung out by his lackluster teammates. His GAA of 2.93 and save percentage of .911 are middle of the road, yet Hart has recorded 12 of the Flyers’ 18 regulation losses. Veteran deputy Martin Jones boasts a .500 regulation record despite worse stats in either department. Given that he has had so little in the way of help, that he is just 23 years old, and his observably high ceiling, Hart should remain the top netminder in Philadelphia for at least a while longer. Verdict: Keep