NHL Rumors: Breaking down the Flyers-Blue Jackets-Kings trade
  • Columbus Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Ivan Provorov.
  • Los Angeles Kings acquire defenseman Kevin Connauton, forward Hayden Hodgson and keep 30 percent of Provorov’s agreement ($2.025 million).
  • Philadelphia Flyers acquire goaltender Cal Petersen, defenseman Sean Walker, defenseman Helge Grans, 2023 first round choice (LA’s choice through CBJ), and a conditional 2024 (or 2025) second round choice (LA).

Puck Pedia: Salary relocated the three-team trade.

  • The Blue Jackets include a $4.725 million cap hit.
  • The Kings conserved $5.625 million yearly Cap Hit; $4.475 million compared to Petersen buried in minors.
  • The Flyers include a $900,000 cap hit, or conserve $250,000 if Petersen in the minors.

NHL.com: Flyers GM Daniel Briere on the trade:

“The last couple of weeks, I’ve had a few different discussions on Ivan. There’s other teams that were involved, but it really seemed like the best fit was with Columbus and the interest was really, really high on Columbus’ side. So, we started focusing on that a little bit more in the last couple of days.”

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on the trade:

“Improving our blue line has been a priority for us and acquiring Ivan gives us an established left-shot defenseman who is still a young player with his best seasons in front of him. He immediately improves our group on defense as he is durable, has great skill, skates well, is an excellent passer with an accurate shot and can effectively play at both ends of the ice.”

Adam Kimelman: Flyers GM Daniel Briere describes the number of individuals within the company were associated with the internal conversations about the Provorov trade. Briere when asked if president of hockey operations Keith Jones was included.

“Actually, Keith was fantastic. We’re most likely on the phone 4 or 5 times a day. And to enter much deeper with that, it’s been quite fantastic. Dan Hilferty (Flyers chairman) was kept in the loop, Keith was kept in the loop the entire time, generated some great concepts. John Tortorella.

But if I went even much deeper than that, the fantastic part with this is how various departments were included. Obviously, the men in my location, the assistant GMs and the men around me were truly included. But our amateur scouts were included with the choices, with the young gamers, what they keep in mind. Our professional scouts were truly handy with a few of the gamers included. And our analytics department was truly, truly imaginative assisting with that offer.

So it was quite cool how various departments type of came together. Everybody was included. It was certainly type of a team-oriented trade that we created. Pretty amazing how the group came together.”

Some ideas from the media and gamer cards

Charlie O’Connor: “Not sure exactly how this trade is going to shake out. But one critique I made of the previous Flyers front office is that it lacked creativity in terms of trades and accumulating assets. This is looking like it’s going to be a complex, creative set of deals. Good sign.”

Anthony Mingioni: “So the Flyers now have the seventh & 22nd picks in a pretty good draft. Lots of possibilities, if they use them or maneuver them for other assets.”

Charlie O’Connor: “Frankly, in a Provorov deal, it makes sense to take back as many short-term “bad” agreements as possible if it takes full advantage of pick/prospect return. Flyers aren’t contending for the next 2 years. If you need to hold some cash throughout that time to improve choices, you do it.”

Thomas Drance: ” … however clearing Cal Petersen’s offer is enormous for LAK. He’s a good get better wager in a brand-new scenario, however his agreement was an intractable problem for LAK and it was buyout evidence to boot this offseason.”

Adam Gretz: “I do not understand anything Columbus does.”

JFresh: “Provorov has gotten way too much ice time for years now, but stick him on the second pair with Jiricek and he could maybe be a workable choice to help the rookie develop. I would imagine that’s what CBJ is thinking here.”

John Buccigross: “Columbus NEEDS beefier D men. Provorov is a lot like Gavrikov; age, Russian, point production..just a touch smaller..contract will be about the same. (Provorov 6.75)..Columbus needs one more beefy, playoff type Defenseman.”

Jason Chen: “Provorov (2015 7th overall), Werenski (2015 8th), Bean (2016 13th), Boqvist (2018 8th), Ceulemens (2021 25th), Jiricek (2022 6th), Mateychuk (2022 12th). All under 25. All first-round picks.”

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