Does Matvei Michkov's Arrival Mean a Flyers' Star is Out?

With Matvei Michkov coming to Philadelphia this summer, does his arrival mean one of the Flyers' current forwards is on their way out?
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You can never have too much of a good thing. However, in the NHL, you have to make some sacrifices. While good at making sure the big market teams can't monopolize all the talent, the salary cap can hinder teams with several homegrown star players from signing all of them. Case in point: the Carolina Hurricanes are having serious discussions about who they are keeping and who they are parting ways with.

The Flyers may be saying goodbye to one of their offensive stars because of the salary cap. There are lots of rumors flying around that the team is looking to trade one of their players. This also coincides with the imminent arrival of Matvei Michkov. Will they have enough cap funds to sign him and keep the team competitive?

If the Flyers have to move a player, who is it? Lets' take a look at the most likely candidates.

Flyers could trade a forward with Michkov's arrival

Morgan Frost

He had issues earlier this year with John Tortorella. He has yet to showcase his full scoring potential. He has all the signs of a first-round bust. At the same time, he just turned 25. He could be the next Matt Read. He could be the next Patrick Sharp. He probably needs a change of scenery at this point. The good news is that his trade value is probably near its highest. The bad news is the longer they hold onto him and the more he stagnates, his value will drop considerably.

Travis Konecny

He will become a free agent next year. If he wants too much ($10 million per season?) the Flyers may feel his price tag isn't worth it. Going into a contract year, he would be easily tradeable. The way he's put up points over the last two seasons, he could easily fetch the Flyers a lot of top prospects and/or draft picks. It'd be hard to do, but again Claude Giroux fetched us Owen Tippett and this year's first-rounder.

Joel Farabee

There are a lot of rumors right now that the Flyers are open to moving their young forward. This is surprising as he has been one of the more consistent players in the organization over the last few years. He's young and has gotten a little bit better every single season. He'd probably be the best player to match up with Michkov, however, he probably is the team's best asset to trade away. Hopefully, it's not him, but if the team can get a great return on him, they may have to jump the gun and make the deal.

Scott Laughton

Quality centers are hard to find across the league. The Flyers are lucky to have two veteran ones: Sean Couturier and Scott Laughton. For the last year or so, there have been rumors that the team has been shopping him OR that teams have inquired about his availability. Because he is a center, a position this team badly needs, he could bring back a substantial haul.