The first-round series between the Jazz and the Clippers has provided plenty of excitement and plenty of Joe Johnson heroics. He hit a game winner in Game 1 and he was huge in Game 3 as well. Who shot the dagger in Game 5? Oh, just Joe Johnson.
After Johnson hit a jumper to put the Clippers up 92-87 with 19 seconds left, the camera cut right to Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.
Essentially, the Flyers are going to have to lose someone from that group in the near future. The question is whether or not they can control how they do it, and if they get anything in exchange for it.
What can they do? Dealing a forward to a team that either:
a) needs to find forwards in order to fill its quota of two exposed forwards that have meaningful NHL experience in the past two seasons, or,
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… is something that would make sense for the Flyers. They may not get a ton back in exchange for some of these bottom-of-the-roster kind of guys, but even a mid-round draft pick would be worthwhile given the fact that something is going to have to give here pretty soon.
Of course, this requires a team that wants one of those guys like a Laughton or a Cousins or even one of the protection-worthy guys enough to give up something of value for them. And that’s not a given. But you have to think the Flyers are going to try and make a deal work here, even if it’ll likely just be a minor one.