Flyers sign Scott Laughton; trade Michael Raffl to Washington, send Erik Gustafsson to Montreal – HEDGE accordingly

About a month ago, Dave Scott, the Flyers’ governor, said he wanted general manager Chuck Fletcher to be aggressive at Monday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. “I don’t want to hold back,” he said at the time. But stuff happened between then and now. Mostly bad stuff. Horrendous starts. Defensive lapses. Goaltenders unable to make critical saves. An offense that went flat. Put it all together and the Flyers — who are 8-12-3 since the start of March — are four points behind Boston for the final playoff spot, and the Bruins have two games in hand. Which is why the Flyers went from buyers to sellers at …

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HEDGE accordingly