Maple Leafs Should Have Interest in Philippe Myers

After right-shot defenseman Philippe Myers was traded from the Philadelphia Flyers with Nolan Patrick to the Nashville Predators for Ryan Ellis last July, he played just 27 games with the Predators. It didn’t work out that well; and, as a result, he found his way to the Toronto Marlies at the trade deadline as part of Alex Biega trade. He was the “future considerations.”

The fact that he was loaned to the Maple Leafs is interesting because, after Myers cleared waivers during the season, he played for the Marlies rather than in the Predators’ organization. It would seem that the Predators are no longer interested in keeping the 25-year-old Moncton, New Brunswick, native around. 

Myers Fall from Grace with the Flyers and Predators

At one time, the un-drafted Myers seemed to be set as a pillar on the Flyers’ defense. The Flyers eventually traded him. In addition, when he got to Nashville, he didn’t play well enough to keep a steady job (only four points in his 27 games) and his time-on-ice dwindled. 

Here’s where it gets interesting. Myers made Frank Seravalli’s (of DailyFaceoff) list of 25 potential trade targets for the offseason. Myers was listed at #10.

Seravalli noted that Myers was “a player who has already passed through waivers? Myers represents a unique and quirky opportunity for a cap-strapped team that can trade for him and actually create salary-cap space with a buyout. Because Myers is 25 and his deal is backloaded, his buyout would result in a $616,666 credit on next season’s cap, followed by a $633,334 charge the following season.”

Author: Lucy Green