To Philly: D Keith Yandle, F Steve Sullivan
To Phoenix: F Sean Couturier, Scott Laughton
As the TSN post game analysis pointed out after Philly's last game, the Flyers forwards are being hampered by the defence's inability to break out of the defensive zone. In short, the Flyers are desperately missing the blue-line skill-set that Keith Yandle has in abundance.
Phoenix, on the other hand, is in a rebuild mode, and with OEL having already supplanted Yandle as the go-to guy on the Phoenix back-end, the Coyotes are in dire need of young talented forwards to complement a stocked blue-line (even without Yandle, the Yotes can trot out OEL, Gormley, Rundblad, Klesla, Michalek and Morris). The Flyers on the other hand, can afford to part with the talented Couturier and the promising Laughton, as their top 6 would remain strong, with Sullivan holding the fort until Hartnell returns.
Thoughts? Agree/disagree? Philly has never been afraid to make a bold move to bring in talent, while Phoenix can get great value in the form of skilled youth at an area of obvious need with this deal.
Hopefully the Dobber community can throw out a few more "trades that should happen".