April 3, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) scores a power play goal against Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) and center Sean Couturier (14) during the first period at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Might Have a Trade Partner in the Philadelphia Flyers

The Vancouver Canucks might have a trade partner in the Philadelphia Flyers as they are rumoured to be looking for a number one goaltender and defenceman.

TSN’s hockey insider Bob McKenzie says he believes the Flyers will use one of their two compliance buyouts on goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. He also thinks they may be willing to move either Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier for a defenceman.

The Canucks have a goaltender that is available and a defenceman that might be available. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis announced at the season-ending press conference Luongo would not be back with the team next season. Defenceman Alexander Edler has been subject to trade rumours after a so-so 2013 campaign. He has a six-year, $30 million contract with a no-trade clause that kicks in on July 5. Now will be the best time to move him if they desire and he’s arguably the team’s best bargaining chip. Edler would garner the greatest return and allow them to bolster their forward group.

The team has an abundance for left-handed defencemen with Dan Hamhuis, Jason Garrison, and Keith Ballard on the team. The assumption is Ballard will be bought out, but there is a chance he could be back next season as there have been suggestions Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini is unwilling to write the cheque to buyout Ballard and/or winger David Booth. They would have to move one of their other defenceman to get underneath the $64.3 million salary cap.

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