Sportsnet insider Elliotte Friedman on his phone with Bowen Byram, Nate Mackinnon and Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche
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REPORT: Major Blockbuster Trade Leaked By Insider Involving Two Rising Stars

Published January 13, 2024 at 6:57 PM
In a stunning move, the Philadelphia Flyers recently traded former 5th overall pick Cutter Gauthier to the Anaheim Ducks, acquiring Jamie Drysdale and a second-round pick in return. However, this trade was preceded by intriguing negotiations, including one that almost involved the Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado Avalanche Reject Flyers Trade Proposal

The Flyers explored various trade options involving Cutter Gauthier, engaging with numerous NHL teams, including the Colorado Avalanche. The initial proposal involved a one-for-one trade, with Gauthier in exchange for Avalanche defenseman Bowen Byram.

Friedman on Flyers/Avs/Cutter Gauthier (32TP): «I think Philly did ask about Bowen Byram, and I just think Colorado wasn't going there I suspect Colorado's answer was we are not doing this 1-for-1, it's got to be more than Gauthier for Byram»

The Avalanche swiftly rejected the offer, raising questions about Byram's injury history despite his considerable potential. Byram's frequent injuries may cast doubt on his ability to complete a full 82-game season.

Flyers Settle for Gauthier Trade with Anaheim Ducks

Undeterred by the Colorado rejection, the Flyers pivoted to address their defensive needs, finalizing the trade with the Anaheim Ducks. The deal saw Gauthier heading to the Ducks in exchange for Jamie Drysdale and a second-round pick.

While Drysdale might be considered a step down from Byram, the Flyers seem to believe in his long-term potential, provided he can stay healthy. Gauthier, recognized as the more skilled player, prompted the Ducks to include a second-round pick in the trade. Despite the apparent downgrade, the Ducks likely view the deal as a win, securing a prospect of Gauthier's caliber with the added benefit of a high-value draft pick.

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REPORT: Major Blockbuster Trade Leaked By Insider Involving Two Rising Stars

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