In a last second push for a final pickup, the Flyers, who right now are 5th in the East, 11 points behind the division rival Rangers, were not able to/did not want to make any moves to increase their depth going into the stretch run. Many names were being thrown around at 2:30 today, but mostly as rumors. Names from Paul Gaustad formerly on the Buffalo Sabres, to Keith Yandle on the Phoenix Coyotes were tossed out there for the fun of it.
The Flyers have added major depth in on the blue line, including Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman, and tried focusing on possibly adding a key player on offense at a low cost giving away either a draft pick or a less effective player.
In addition, rumors were going around that the San Jose Sharks were interested in trading goalie Antti Niemi for Flyers forward JVR, but GM Paul Holmgren didn’t pull the trigger on the deal.
The biggest rumor circulating the NHL was the Rick Nash Sweepstake. The Flyers were in the sweepstakes until 15 minutes before the deadline ended, pulling out because of the price tag put on Nash.
The Rangers and San Jose Sharks were the two final teams in the discussion. Broadway would have had to likely give up defenseman Michael Del Zotto and a draft pick, while San Jose would have likely given up Logan Couture and a draft pick for Nash. Although Rick Nash demanded for a trade in late January, at the end of the day Rick stayed put in city of Columbus.
No truly big moves were made in the NHL today as the deadline came to a close at 3 PM eastern time, and it seems that teams are content with what they have going into the end of the regular season and then the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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