Report: Philadelphia Flyers inquire about Jordan Eberle

Jonathan Willis
November 08 2013 01:19PM

According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia, the Flyers talked to the Oilers today about the possibility of acquiring Jordan Eberle.

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Is Eberle Tradable?

The short answer in my view: yes.

Nobody would deny the Oilers have significant problems. Those problems are so significant that it might be necessary to trade high-end talent from one position to add help at another position. It doesn’t make sense to so that with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, because he’s the only hope the team has as a first-line centre. It doesn’t make sense to do that with Taylor Hall, the best player on the team and the only elite talent at left wing.

That leaves right wing, where Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov both play. In the right deal, either of those guys is moveable – regardless of what the team says. That’s not to say that the team should shop either guy, or that they’re looking to move either of them, but a trade that makes the team better without robbing Peter to pay Paul is plausible, if the guy getting traded plays right wing.

Is Eberle Tradable to Philadelphia?

Again, the short answer in my view: yes.

But there’s a caveat attached. The player has to be a high-end talent right now. That means that no package of Braydon Coburn and/or Wayne Simmonds and/or Scott Hartnell and/or Luke Schenn and/or draft picks and prospects or whatever. Trading down to address immediate need is a good way to kneecap the Oilers long-term. So no third defencemen or big second-line wingers can form the core of a decent Eberle trade.

Does Philadelphia have the high-end talent? I think you can make a case for three players. I don’t think either Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier gets the job done right now. I have a lot of time for Couturier but I’m skeptical about his finishing ability and I think you can get more for Eberle on the open market. Schenn’s only a year younger than Eberle and significantly behind the same career curve.

That leaves Claude Giroux. Giroux is one of the best players in the game today, and for my money he’s a better player than Eberle by a nontrivial margin. He can play centre or wing. He doesn’t address the Oilers’ positional needs, but when an opportunity exists to trade in a very good player for a great player, it’s an opportunity that needs to be taken advantage of. For the Oilers, the possibility of having one line built on Giroux/Hall and another on Nugent-Hopkins/Yakupov long-term would have to be extremely tempting.

Does the opportunity exist? With any other team, I’d say ‘no’; with the Flyers it’s just ‘probably not.’ Giroux is getting killed by the percentages this year (his line is shooting at just over 5 percent and Philadelphia has a 0.875 save percentage with him on the ice at even-strength). The 11.5 percent career shooter has zero goals on 31 shots, as well as a minus-11 rating in 15 games. Most teams would rightly dismiss that as an aberration, but the Flyers are under tremendous pressure and have a history of making quick, franchise-altering moves.

If there’s an opportunity to acquire Claude Giroux, Eberle’s a justifiable cost. Otherwise, it’s hard to see a defensible deal here.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#101 michael
November 08 2013, 04:55PM
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Just to add fuel to this bonfire. If your the 28 other GM's in the league and your hearing that Eberle may be available how fast would you hit the speed dial to MacT ? If its me in Florida and I just fired my coach it would be pretty damn quick. Or if its Colorado? would you do a McKinnon for Eberle? Or how about if your if your Garth Snow? Just saying if this thing has legs it will probably turn into a bidding war faster than another Rob Ford video showing up on You Tube. This show is just getting started I think.

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#102 Dan 1919
November 08 2013, 04:57PM
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Wow Smid is traded. Decently Bold

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#103 Craig1981
November 08 2013, 04:58PM
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Dan 1919 wrote:

Wow Smid is traded. Decently Bold

I think everyone is wondering if something else is happening.

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#104 Ronin
November 08 2013, 04:59PM
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Edmonton Oilers have acquired centre Roman Horak and goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the Calgary Flames, in exchange for defencemen Ladislav Smid and goaltender Olivier Roy.

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#105 Sidney Frosby
November 08 2013, 05:00PM
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Mac-T just traded Smid for my toilet plunger.....

Horrible move to make room for signing Bryz...

Mac-T wasted cap room and contracts on Labarbara and Grebeshkov.

I don't think this guy is cut out for this job.

If we didn't have god awful Ferrence, Grebeshkov, and Labarbie contracts, we could have moved Smid for a Willie Mitchell or Anton Volchenkov.

Sounds like we got Roman Horak and a ECHL goalie.

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#106 Batfink
November 08 2013, 05:02PM
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Guys, stop with throwing O'Mark in the deal with Philly. Everyone knows he is pivotal to the blockbuster Weber deal....

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#107 PapaMike
November 08 2013, 05:05PM
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Now if we can flush Bunz from the Oilers, we can start developing goalies

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#108 Ronin
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Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger 1m Oilers-Bryzgalov discussions escalating. Edmonton had to move Smid money to make room for goalie.

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#109 Greg
November 08 2013, 05:05PM
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Oh god.

When it comes to Lowe vs Burke, I think we all know who wins in the end.

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#110 Batfink
November 08 2013, 05:07PM
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OMG what a terrible trade. How many times, you DO NOT make stupid trades in your own division. Especially to them D1cKz down the QE2. I hope Smid is a sleeper and destroys the flames from the inside.

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#111 Rob...
November 08 2013, 05:07PM
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Sad to see Smid go from the standpoint that he played tough against the other team. He was having a bad year so far, but this doesn't help the whole Team Toughness thing. Hopefully there are more trades to come shortly.

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#112 Oiler Al
November 08 2013, 05:07PM
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Giroux is smaller, has a Cap hit of almost $3 million more and has never scored 30 goals in the NHL.Numbers are similar.. whats the point. We need a sniper, who can bury the puck on passes from Eberle.

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#113 Dan 1919
November 08 2013, 05:07PM
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Craig1981 wrote:

I think everyone is wondering if something else is happening.

Yeah you’d think so.

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#114 camdog
November 08 2013, 05:08PM
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So they get rid of Smid and Brown, because they have too many contracts, not often you see a team that get's pushed around as much as the Oil unload any player with toughness?

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#115 Craig1981
November 08 2013, 05:10PM
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Just looking at stats this doesn't look like a great trade. I hope its a salary dump for someone better and not the Oilers brass being in love with a player just casue the know him from the Oiler Kings.....(see Ewanyk, Moroz)

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#116 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 08 2013, 05:11PM
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Christ, I hope there's more coming.

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#117 DSF
November 08 2013, 05:11PM
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They're making room to take on a bad contract from Philly IMO.

Smid (3.5M) out and Mezaros ($4M) in.

The question is....what else?

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#118 Serious Gord
November 08 2013, 05:13PM
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Prior to the beginning of the season and very early on in the season I suggested getting Bryz and was chided by Gregor on the radio (and stauffer too?). Now it looks like they might but I oppose it.

The horse is now out of the barn - the season is lost. Bryz is a bandaid at best for this Season only and trading players with futures longer than one year for a sub-one year impact is panic-driven idiocy.

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#119 PapaMike
November 08 2013, 05:16PM
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They're making room to take on a bad contract from Philly IMO.

Smid (3.5M) out and Mezaros ($4M) in.

The question is....what else?

Good grief, I hope not...

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#120 Greg
November 08 2013, 05:19PM
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My god look at us. All this talk about bringing in Bryz. We're like a bunch of flies frantically flying around sh*t. I could not have imagined this is what we'd be talking about in early November... Thanks Oilers

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#121 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
November 08 2013, 05:20PM
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Looks like Feaster/Burke just fleeced MacT/Lowe. I hope I'm wrong.

At this point I'm actually not against signing Bryz to a 1-year. Best case scenario he regains some of his former magic. Worst case scenario, he sucks and gets turfed at the end of the year. Either way, I'm in the "season's over" camp, so may as well give it a shot. I'm looking forward to some Bryz interviews, the guy seems like a bit of a nut job.

To quote Bryz, "It's only a game. Why you heff to be mad?"

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