Around the Net for 2.21.12

 

Welcome to Around the Net, a new weekly column about the Philadelphia Flyers on and off the ice. This week, we will look back at the Flyers Wives Fight for Lives carnival and get an update on Chris Pronger; we explore the two trades the Flyers made to strengthen their defense and we examine the Rick Nash rumors and if it makes sense for Paul Holmgren to make such a deal.

First, a video recap of the Flyers Wives carnival: Courtesy of the Flyers: http://video.flyers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=0&id=158889

Lauren Pronger:”Good and bad days.”

The wife of Flyers captain spoke over the weekend on her husband and his recovery from post-concussion syndrome: From the Delaware County Times: (scroll down to see the video)http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2012/02/19/sports/doc4f4162e578d37707957944.txt

Hockey aside, I hope Chris Pronger is able to fully recover and live a normal life as a father and husband. That is the most important thing. If he does recover, only then should we as hockey fans worry about his career. Having former Philly players who have been through it like Eric Lindros (for the positive spin) and Keith Primeau (for the negative) should ease the process and prepare him for whatever lay ahead.

Flyers get defensive: Grossman and Kubina join the blue line:

From the Flyers: Nicklas Grossman on joining the Flyers:

http://video.flyers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=771&id=158254

Pavel Kubina thoughts on joining the Flyers: Courtesy of CSNPhilly:

http://www.csnphilly.com/pages/videodetail?PID=7nVM2-6nI6IwRyIYEPRax37ECylOh8ENJyt6PS

Grossman is a solid defensive defenseman who can block shots and take the body. Kubina is a right handed shot and can rip it from the point whose best days are probably behind him, but he can help replace Chris Pronger on the power play and provide yet another big body who can make forwards think twice about cruising the area around the net. I think both of these players will solidify the defense and help the Flyers in the playoffs. Now if they can just get a goalie…Evgeni Nabokov anyone?

Trade Rumors: Rick Nash, worth blowing it all up?

The hot rumor on twitter and the web the past week was the news that apparently Rick Nash, the 27-year-old right wing, could be had from Columbus for a package of JvR, Braydon  Schenn, Bob and/ or Couturier. Add to that the fact that all the speculation was fueled by Jackets’ GM Scott Howson paying a visit to Holmgren’s box during Saturday’s Flyers-Penguins game and you have a perfect storm of events from which to spawn a million speculative stories.

Personally I think that’s way too much for Nash and the reports that the Flyers were out of the running by Monday afternoon were music to my ears. If a team wants to give up three or four roster players and a pick or two for Nash, then God bless and good luck. I hope the Rangers are stupid enough to trade Brandon Dubinsky and other core players, maybe the Flyers could actually beat them this year. San Jose or Los Angeles might be dumb enough to pull the trigger…

That’s all for this week, check back next week when we look back on the NHL trade deadline and other Philadelphia Flyers news.