Flyers reportedly open to moving Joel Farabee

As the rumors continue to fly, Joel Farabee's name is back in trade discussions as the Flyers appear to be shopping the young forward.
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Let the trade rumors continue. After talk of a potential deal between the Flyers and Senators being worked on, another player has found himself on the trade block.

This is not the first that Joel Farabee's name has been tossed around. Danny Briere stressed that the Flyers remain open for business if the right deal arises. Elliotte Friedman briefly mentioned Farabee's name in his pre-playoff version of 32 Thoughts in April. There wasn't much to it, but it opened up the idea.

Now, David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period has added more to the Farabee trade rumor speculation. It was, again, a very brief note on what Philadelphia may be up to.

""Also on the Flyers, they are open to trading winger Joel Farabee and have been shopping him.""

There were also rumors last season that Farabee and his camp were displeased with how his season was going. He had been benched at times, most notably playing two shifts and riding the bench during a late-November game against the Devils. The two sides put that behind them, though.

Flyers appear to be shopping Joel Farabee

If the Flyers are indeed looking at trading Farabee, his value is likely at its highest. Farabee appeared in all 82 games for the second straight season and posted a career-high in all stats. He hit the 20-goal mark for the second time in his career and reached 50 points. Two years removed from neck surgery, Farabee took a step forward after a tough season.

Farabee's on-ice metrics improved as well. The Flyers controlled play with him on the ice based on his 51.04 CF%. Philadelphia won the shot battle (54.38%) and while they were outscored with Farabee on the ice, his 51.33 xG% is his best since the 2020-21 season.

The only thing that may give teams pause is the four years left on his deal. His AAV sits at 5M, but the deal was backloaded, so he will have a base salary of 6M in the last two years.

With the Flyers looking for ways to build off last season, a player like Farabee seemed as if he would be a part of it. Now, it's not as clear as it appeared.