With the Friday's NHL trade deadline approaching, get ready to hear plenty of Philadelphia Flyers names attached to trade rumors.

Well one rumor is now a fact, the Flyers are trading 29-year-old defenseman Sean Walker and a fifth-round selection in the 2026 NHL Draft to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a conditional first-round selection in the 2025 NHL Draft and center Ryan Johansen

According to Frank Seravalli from DailyFace.com the 2025 first-round pick is Top 10 protected, in which case it would slide to 2026.

Walker, 29, had six goals and 22 points in 63 games with the Flyers this season. Johansen, 31, had 13 goals and 23 points in 63 games with the Avalanche this season.

Johansen has one year remaining on his contract in 2024-25 that carries a $4 million cap hit. The Flyers placed Johansen on waivers minutes after the trade was completed.

The first-round pick, the Flyers desired return all along, is in 2025 and is Top-10 protected. Should the condition be met on the pick, it would slide to the 2026 NHL Draft.

Walker, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings over the summer in the trade involving Ivan Provorov, was essentially a cap throw-in in that trade. Walker’s impressive season allowed the Flyers to turn that acquisition into another first-round pick, in addition to taking on another cap dump in Johansen.

Following the trade, the Flyers placed Johansen on waivers. The 31-year-old had 13 goals and 23 points in 63 games this season.

The NHL trade deadline is on Friday at 3 p.m.

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