Welcome to Around the Net, a look at the Philadelphia Flyers on and off the ice. This week we look at the NHL trading deadline which passed yesterday, and the deals (or lack thereof) that went down.
No news is good news for JVR:
The NHL trading deadline came and went and the Flyers stood pat on the day in question — but that means little as Paul Holmgren was active in the week leading up to the final day of dealing. The Pavel Kubina and Nick Grossman deals were all the tinkering the Flyers’ front office felt they needed. Take a look as Holmgren weighs in on the subject (video courtesy of Flyers.com):
My thoughts on all this…I think Homer did the right thing, not selling on James van Riemsdyk and for not caving in to whatever pressure there was to mess around with the goaltending and keep Ilya Bryzgalov around as the presumed starter for the end of the regular season and the playoffs. JVR showed last year that he can turn up the intensity another notch in the playoffs and since he’s only 23, why trade him for a “maybe” in goal when you already have two on the roster?
Can this team win a Stanley Cup as currently constructed? Yes. The question is, can they stay healthy and get hot at the right time? That will determine how far they go in the playoffs. So will the luck of the draw in playoff seeding.
Rick Nash is stuck in Columbus: (video courtesy of NHL Network)
Scott Howson made a trade yesterday, but Rick Nash wasn’t a part of it. Samuel Pahlsson was shipped out for two draft picks, but Nash will be a Blue Jacket until at least the Summer despite his pleas to be released so Columbus could get some value in return. The Rangers reportedly offered a large group of players and picks for Nash but the Columbus GM still would not bite. Hopefully, the decision to keep Nash and try to move him at the draft won’t come back to haunt Howson.
The Flyers go Shark hunting:
The Flyers conclude their four-game road trip on the West Coast of the USA with a contest at HP Pavilion against the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m. (et) tonight, looking to get back into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh had leaped over the Philly with a win on Sunday.
That’s all for this week’s Around the Net, next week we will look at possible playoff match-ups for the Orange and Black.