General manager Paul Holmgren said earlier Tuesday, "I firmly believe in the nucleus that we have here, but will look around and consider something if it makes sense."
That is open to interpretation and some would think he is going to stay put. I think there is far too much riding on this season for Holmgren to stay put. The trade deadline this year is March 5th and that puts the Flyers in a tough spot.
Think about it.
The Flyers play six games before the Olympic break then play three more after the break before the deadline. That's tough for a general manager to get a feel about where his team is at currently. The 2010 team came out on fire after the Olympic break and ended up taking that all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Holmgren cannot hang his hat on that happening again. There are far too many variables at play.
So what does Holmgren do? My interpretation of his comment this morning is he is actively looking to improve the team and a trade is not out of the question.
The team is struggling right now going 2-5-2 over their last nine games after being one of the hottest teams in the NHL in the month of December into early January. The goaltending has dipped a bit but part of that can be attributed to shaky defensive play in front.
I am a huge Nick Grossmann fan but he is having one of the roughest stretches of his Flyers tenure. He is turning the puck over in his own zone, not moving his feet, and looks slower than he ever has before.
Andrej Meszaros was white-hot two weeks ago with three goals and seven assists over a nine-game run for the Flyers. But now Meszaros will be sitting out his second-consecutive game on Tuesday night as a healthy scratch because head coach Craig Berube has not liked his defensive play of late.
The defense is a problem. It has been since Chris Pronger went down over two years ago and there does not appear to be a savior on the roster or in the pipeline that will change that before the end of the regular season.
Holmgren will have to address this somehow.
He has to see what is available and at what cost because Holmgren might need to make a move or Ed Snider could be telling him to pack his bags this summer.
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