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Flyers trade defenseman Gostisbehere, draft picks to Coyotes


(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia Flyers have sent defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and two draft picks to the Arizona Coyotes, the team announced Thursday. 

The Flyers are getting nothing back in return. Instead, the trade opens up $4.5 million in salary-cap space for the team.

“This was a difficult decision but one we thought was necessary given the reality of the salary cap,” said President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Chuck Fletcher in a statement. “Shayne has been a quality player for this organization since the moment he arrived in Philadelphia and has been a part of many special moments in his seven seasons as a Flyer.”

Gostisbehere has spent his entire seven-year NHL career in the city. He appeared in 381 games and scored 60 goals and assisted on 159 goals. 

This is the second time in a week that Arizona has traded for a player and did not have to give up anything in return. On Saturday, the New York Islanders traded forward Andrew Lang and three picks to the Coyotes to dump Ladd’s $5.5 million salary.

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