The transaction that sent Cutter Gauthier from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Anaheim Ducks will likely be talked about for a long time. Mainly, because the mystery still hangs over the reasons that motivated Gauthier not to want to evolve in the Flyers organization.
The main person involved broke his silence by participating in the podcast produced by the Ducks, but did not clarify his motivations.
“It’s difficult to talk about that. “It’s a personal matter between me, my family and my agent Kurt (Overhart),” he simply summed up American hope.
Gauthier, however, took the time to deny rumors that his situation was influenced by the former Flyers. Kevin Hayes.
“I have seen things circulating on the Internet and I would like to specifically address the rumors about Kevin Hayes. “I would like to officially say that he had no conflict with anything related to the exchange,” Gauthier clarified.
In the hours after the transaction, Hayes was the target of a violent wave of intimidation through social media.
“Seeing all this stuff is pretty unforgiving. Kevin Hayes has nothing to do with the current situation. I can’t talk much about that, I’ll keep it to myself, my family and my agent,” concluded the new Ducks forward.
Gauthier, who was selected in the 5my The 2022 draft pick is expected to sign an NHL contract following the conclusion of his NCAA season with Boston College. This season he scored 13 goals and added 10 assists in 17 games in the university ranks.
“I am very excited to join the Ducks. It is a young team, but it also has a lot of experience. I’m excited to be a part of the team’s rebuild. »
He was also one of the centerpieces of the United States’ conquest at the World Youth Championship, where he accumulated 12 points in seven games.
Brière still in nothingness
In the evening, Flyers general manager Daniel Brière met with Pierre Houde and Marc Denis to discuss the situation during the first intermission of the duel between his team and the Canadiens.
Brière was blunt and completely ignored Gauthier’s reasons for requesting a trade without even making contact with the Flyers’ new general manager.
“We never had the opportunity to present our vision. It’s a new regime with Keith Jones and I at the helm. We would have liked to have had the opportunity to speak with him, show him what we saw in him and our vision for the organization. We never had that opportunity, it’s a bit disappointing, but those are the circumstances. You have to negotiate with that. »
“I’m surprised. Throughout the NHL, the Flyers are known for being an organization that treats its athletes very well. There has to be their own excuses in all of this, unfortunately we can’t know,” Brière added into the RDS microphone.
Brière negotiated extensively with his NHL counterparts to maximize Gauthier’s return and ultimately reached a deal with the Ducks to acquire the 21-year-old defenseman. Jamie Drysdale and a selection of 2my round and 2025.
“For us it was important to find one of the missing pieces in our defense. When Jamie Drysdale became available, he became more and more interesting. We had been looking at the options for several weeks and this was the most interesting. Players like Drysdale are not available very often, as is the case with Cutter Gauthier. It was not an easy transaction, but given the circumstances we are satisfied. »
Brière said he was fully aware of the concerns about Drysdale’s health. The defender has played only eight 18 games since the start of the 2022 season due to various injuries.
“Of course there will always be doubts,” Brière admitted.
However, the general manager believes that the addition of Drysdale to his young squad could help accelerate the development of his team, which has been defying all odds since the start of the season.