The summer of 2023 marks the start of the Briere and Jones regime in Philadelphia as they try to reshape the Flyers back to their winning ways.
Ivan Provorov Trade // A
The first move of the duo’s tenure was to send defensemen Ivan Provorov to Columbus in a three-team deal, where forward Kevin Connauton and Hayden Hodgson went to LA. At the same time, the Flyers received goalie Cal Petersen and a pair of defensemen in Sean Walker and Heige Grans. Along with a 2024 2nd-round pick, the 22nd overall this year (Oliver Bonk) from the Kings, and a conditional pick from Columbus.
This was a move that fans saw coming, as it seemed that Provorov’s time in Philadelphia was nearing an end. Management was able to unload a player that did not want to play in the city anymore for a descend return.
Briere’s first trade as the general manager of the Flyers was a success.
Kevin Hayes Trade // F
NHL insiders speculated for days on Twitter that Kevin Hayes would be traded to St. Louis in a blockbuster deal. As parts kept moving and days went by, it was clear that there was a snag in negotiations somewhere along the line. In the end, all Philadelphia received for unloading one of their fan favorites was a sixth-round pick while retaining 50% of his salary.
Like Provorov, it was rumored that Hayes and head coach John Tortorella were not seeing eye to eye. This is the first significant blemish on Briere’s resume. A much-publicized deal fell, and Briere had to cut his losses to let Hayes move on.
Tony DeAngelo Buyout // B
Tony DeAngelo was brought in last season by them General Manager Chuck Fletcher as a veteran defenseman to solidify the young blueline.
It was a move criticized by many fans due to his “character issues” and “personal opinions.”
An example is a burner Twitter account which DeAngelo clearly runs. The South Jersey native recorded 42 points in 70 games.
After being a healthy scratch for the last five games of the season in an attempt to give younger players more ice time, DeAngelo criticized Coach Tortorella.
“I think it’s ridiculous that I didn’t play the last five. But he’s also the coach. It’s not my job to decide that. All I can worry about is being a good teammate, which I think I did.”
On July 14th, DeAngelo was placed on unconditional waiver for the purpose of terminating the last season of his contract. DeAngelo’s replacement will end up being 36-year-old Marc Staal. He was signed by the Flyers as a free agent to a one-year, 1.1 million dollar deal to be the veteran leader of the blue line.
Staal recorded 15 points last season with the Florida Panthers while also playing in all 21 playoff games on their trip to the Stanley Cup Finals without recording a single point. Buying out DeAngelo’s contract removed a player disliked by most fans.
While DeAngelo is younger and produces on the offensive score sheet, I believe the Flyers will be better without him.
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