Will Phil Myers be traded ahead of Monday’s NHL Trade Deadline?
One NHL source reported that the Nashville Predators are willing to deal the 25 year old defenceman. However, the source also said they were uncertain if the Preds were close on anything.
Nashville acquired the Dieppe, New Brunswick product on July 17 from the Philadelphia Flyers. The move caught some within the hockey world off guard given Myers play and contract status with the Flyers.
Unfortunately, things haven’t gone as planned for Myers in Nashville.
The talented two and half zone defenceman has only appeared in 26 games this year recording 3 assists, 12 PIMs and currently sits with a + 5 ranking.
The smooth skating transitional two way rearguard really hasn’t been given the chance to showcase his true identity with the Preds this season.
Myers has tons of potential and would be a valuable asset for any NHL team looking to solidify and improve their backend.
Obviously, 2020-2021 was tough on the Flyers and their skilled core group. Unfortunately that trend has continued this season. High expectations were dashed by a wrath of injuries and setbacks last season. Myers had his share of injuries and continued to battle and play through them.
There was no doubt Myers was anxious about getting back to Philly to turn things around. Unfortunately, that opportunity never came about.
I had spoken with Myers just two days before the eventual trade.
In all the years of reporting and writing about the game I had never seen a player so honest and transparent. Myers was driven to bounce back and showcase his talents. Sadly that opportunity hasn’t really materialized for Myers in Nashville.
Trades are part of the business and some happen at the strangest times.
In some instances the writing is on the wall, while others always catch people off guard.
At the end of the day it’s all about finding that perfect fit. There’s no question countless NHL teams will be looking at potentially acquiring Myers because of the player and person he is. Obviously, his contract will definitely help things as well.
Myers has two years left on his current deal at $2.55 million per season.
Myers would definitely add stability to a Cup contender and could also be a difference maker for a team with Cup aspirations over the next two seasons.
Time will tell, but rest assured Phil Myers has all the tools it takes to be a top four defencemen in the NHL even though he isn’t getting those minutes in Nashville.