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Flyers NHL trade deadline option: Jean-Gabriel Pageau splash possible?

Flyers NHL trade deadline option: Jean-Gabriel Pageau splash possible?

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.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Age: 27
Height: 5-10
Weight: 180
Team: Ottawa Senators
2019-20 cap hit: $3.1 million

Scouting report

There's a lot to like with Pageau, from his age to his upside. The righty-shot center has already scored a career-high 24 goals for the Senators, who are one of the NHL's bottom five clubs.

Pageau possesses some Sean Couturier, Kevin Hayes characteristics in that he values the 200-foot game, impacts the penalty kill, can scale a lineup and brings offensive potential, to boot.

While Pageau is four points away from surpassing his career high of 43 set in 2015-16, he is playing his largest role yet on a team in rebuild mode.

Could that be a red flag to suitors in contention with deeper lineups? The Athletic's senior NHL columnist Pierre LeBrun provided excellent insight on the matter in a recent article, writing how that question has been raised, yet Pageau's track record and makeup also hold weight.

Projection

Ottawa will want a sizable return for Pageau and the Flyers are not in an ideal position to land his services. Without recent call-up Mark Friedman on the roster, the Flyers would have just over $2 million in cap space. The Senators are likely not going to consider retaining salary to help necessitate a deal for their big chip, so a trade would require the Flyers to clear cap space, which would require some legitimate subtraction.

Not only that, but Ottawa could also very well eye a first- or second-round pick and possibly a prospect, as well. The Senators won't — and shouldn't — be shy in their demands. After all, they could instead attempt to re-sign Pageau, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason — another caveat for the Flyers. Would they want to risk so much for a player who might walk at season's end?

Pageau should be on the Flyers' radar, but general manager Chuck Fletcher has been pleased with his team's growth, likes its chances and won't be so quick to mortgage the future during the first full year of his process.

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Different type of fireworks as Flyers get the best of Senators again

Different type of fireworks as Flyers get the best of Senators again

BOX SCORE

The Flyers and Senators provided a different form of fireworks.

Two weeks after a feisty matchup in Philly, both teams let things play out strictly on the scoreboard Saturday night at Canadian Tire Centre.

Once again, the Flyers got the best of Ottawa, this time picking up a 5-4 shootout win.

The Flyers have gone to the skills competition an NHL-most nine times and Sean Couturier was the lone player to score Saturday.

After an 0-3-0 road trip in which they scored only five goals, the Flyers (20-11-5) have responded with three straight wins and 4.67 goals per game.

They earned win No. 20 of the season on Dec. 21. In 2018-19, the Flyers notched their 20th victory on Jan. 28.

Before this defeat, the Senators (15-18-4) had won eight of their previous nine home games.

• Mark Borowiecki, who sparked the fireworks at the Wells Fargo Center, and Chris Stewart had an animated conversation during warmups.

It did not translate to any extracurricular activity. Stewart played only 3:50 but his presence was definitely felt.

Travis Konecny played with his usual edge and energy. The Flyers' leading scorer suffered a concussion in the previous matchup on a hard hit from Borowiecki. While Konecny went scoreless Saturday, he was strong and impactful in 21:20 minutes.

• Here comes James van Riemsdyk.

When he scores goals, he scores them in bunches. He has eight in the last 11 games after netting only four in the first 25 games.

Last season, from Jan. 10 to March 21, the Flyers went 21-8-2 as van Riemsdyk scored 20 goals in those 31 games.

The Flyers would love another one of van Riemsdyk's lengthy streaks.

• Brian Elliott delivered a clutch first period and shootout performance (see highlights). In the opening frame, he faced numerous grade A chances and stopped all 17 of the Senators' shots.

The Flyers were not as structured during the opening 20 minutes and Elliott bailed them out. In the second period, the Flyers saw a 2-0 lead vanish in 25 seconds.

Then, on the power play, Anthony Duclair gave Ottawa a 3-2 advantage with his 11th goal in the last nine games but the Flyers got it right back less than a minute later.

Elliott gave the Flyers another solid effort and finished with 30 saves. He's been solid all season thus far.

At this point of last season, the Flyers had already played six goalies: Elliott, Carter Hart, Calvin Pickard, Anthony Stolarz, Michal Neuvirth and Alex Lyon.

Senators goalie Marcus Hogberg was magnificent in overtime with seven saves.

• van Riemsdyk, Kevin Hayes and Jakub Voracek all have an average annual value of $7 million or above.

Back on Nov. 18, head coach Alain Vigneault challenged those three players:

All those guys, I love the person. I love Kevin Hayes as a person, James and Jake I’m starting to know, they’re great people. I need more from the hockey player.

Obviously they feel pressure, but that’s why they’re paid the big bucks. You’ve got to deliver, you’ve got to produce, and we expect those guys to produce.

Now, Vigneault is getting the best out of them.

JVR has a team-high 12 goals after a stretch of 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in the last 12 games.

Hayes has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 16 games. He scored a power play goal Saturday, giving him nine tallies in 36 games. When Hayes scored his career-high 25 goals in 2017-18, he had nine through 36 games.

Voracek has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and a plus-9 rating in the last 14 games.

• Nicolas Aube-Kubel has been great over four games since his call-up. He had a nice assist on van Riemsdyk's second goal and has been killing penalties.

• The Flyers were without “Steady Eddie” Matt Niskanen (flu), who has been one of the team's most valuable players.

• The Flyers host the Rangers Monday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP) before the NHL-mandated holiday break from Dec. 24-26. 

 

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Flyers at Senators: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Senators: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

This one could get interesting.

Two weeks after a tension-filled game at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers (19-11-5) and Senators (15-18-3) meet again Saturday in Ottawa.

Let's get into the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Canadian Tire Centre
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• Since the previous meeting, the Flyers' lineup will look considerably different.

• The Flyers are eyeing their 20th win of the season. In 2018-19, the Flyers notched their 20th victory on Jan. 28.

• The Flyers are 11-3-1 when Kevin Hayes records a point and 10-3-0 when James van Riemsdyk records a point.

Both are hitting their stride and the Flyers are that much tougher to play against when those two set up shop in the offensive zone.

Hayes has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 15 games, while van Riemsdyk has 10 points (six goals, four assists) over the last 11 games.

In 37 career games against the Senators, van Riemsdyk has scored 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists), his most against any NHL team.

"We need him to step up and play important minutes and do what he is doing for us right now," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday.

• Ottawa is 8-1-0 in its last nine home games, a stretch in which it has outscored the opposition 33-18.

Projected lineup

Forwards

Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk-Kevin Hayes-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Andy Andreoff-Morgan Frost-Jakub Voracek
Chris Stewart-Mikhail Vorobyev-Tyler Pitlick

Defensemen

Ivan Provorov-Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim-Justin Braun
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers


Goalies

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

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