Leading up to the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline, we'll look at potential targets on the market and why they may or may not fit the Flyers' plans.
Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
2019-20 cap hit: $3.2 million
The skilled righty-shot winger blossomed last season with 20 goals and 44 points for the high-scoring Maple Leafs. This season, he has 12 goals and 33 points in 15:50 ice time per game.
There's plenty of upside with the 2014 first-round pick who has done the majority of his work this season at even strength (28 points) and in lesser minutes.
Kapanen, who plays on Toronto's penalty kill and third line, was given a one-game benching earlier this month for being late to practice after he overslept.
A player like Kapanen would undoubtedly bolster the Flyers' depth at forward and ability to score along the wing.
Why is he a trade candidate? Because the Maple Leafs are an offensively talented team in need of help on defense as it permits the NHL's sixth-most goals per game.
Kapanen has a profile trade suitors should like — he's young and reasonably under contract for the next two seasons. Therefore, Toronto could capitalize on the value and look to fill a glaring hole by shedding from its surplus of forwards.
Everyone knows the Flyers have a nice stock of defensemen, from the big club to down on the farm. Would they be willing to part ways with a blueliner and maybe a draft pick to add a promising non-rental to their future at forward?
Both parties have what it takes to intrigue the other.
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