Report: Philadelphia Flyers Had Interest in D Jonas Brodin

A report from the Fourth Period dropped that the Philadelphia Flyers have expressed interest in Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin

This is a bit of head-scratcher to me, but the other day The Fourth Period posted a note about potential interest in Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin. The main thrust of the article is that the Wild expect to receive interest in Brodin this offseason. The article also notes that there was plenty of interest in Brodin during the season, mentioning 3 teams including the Philadelphia Flyers.

Brodin is a 22 year old defenseman. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, and just shy of his 23rd birthday next month, already has 3.5 NHL seasons under his belt. He’s a puck moving, left shooting defenseman, who had a down season last year. His numbers were down across the board; he hit career lows in points,  team relative puck possession percentage, and his ice time was cut from ~24 minutes a night to 20:24.

Perhaps the Flyers were one of a few teams looking to vulture a talented player at a time when he may have been falling out of favor at his team. For what it’s worth, Brodin is locked up for 5 more years at a manageable cap hit of $4.16 million.

It is unclear, however, why the Philadelphia Flyers would be looking to add another young, left-shooting defensemen. 23-year old Ghost and 25-year old Michael Del Zotto look like fixtures in the lineup, while 19-year old Ivan Provorov, 20-year old Travis Sanheim, and 20-year old Samuel Morin all are first round picks that appear on the cusp of hitting the NHL.

I’m filing this one away as curiosity, not as a sign of things to come.