NHL Trade Rumors: Top 3 teams who should trade for Shayne Gostisbehere

Shayne Gostisbehere #53 of the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Shayne Gostisbehere #53 of the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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Shayne Gostisbehere #53 of the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

According to the latest NHL trade rumors, the Flyers have put Shayne Gostisbehere on the trade market.

This offseason could be an interesting one as far as trades are concerned. Teams are looking to clear cap space and money due to being hit hard by the hammer wielded by the novel coronavirus pandemic. One of the more interesting names available, according to the latest NHL trade rumors, is Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.

Gostisbehere is no stranger to the trade market, as his name has been in whispers for over a year. The Flyers have a deep blueline, which makes the talented defenseman expendable. Their desire to make some upgrades to their roster will probably motivate them to trade Gostisbehere.

Here’s what Pierre LeBrun had to say in a recent column.

"Shayne Gostisbehere is available for trade, multiple sources around the league told me over the weekend."

Gostisbehere is a fascinating player for several reasons. First of all, he’s shown that when he’s on his game and with the right partner, he can be a difference maker. He’s two years removed from putting up 65 points in 78 games. Since then, though, Gostisbehere has combined for 49 points in 120 regular season games. He has seen his playing time per game decrease since then as well.

Secondly, Gostisbehere has several years remaining on his contract. Three years, to be precise. And his $4.5 million cap hit seems a bit high, but if a change in scenery benefits Gostisbehere, it could wind up being a pretty solid bargain.

In an ideal world, the Flyers would probably like to move him in a hockey trade, targeting a top-six forward in return. But this world is far from ideal with the salary cap ceiling remaining at $81.5 million. So the Flyers might not be able to make that hockey trade. They’ll probably have to settle for trading him for draft picks and prospects.

Which teams would make the most sense for one of the most fun players (and last names) in the NHL? Here are three teams who should be interested in him.