Burnside said today,
“Let’s talk Flyers. You have to imagine that given the relatively small amount given up for Grossman (a second-round pick in 2012 and a third-round pick in 2013, both of which were acquired from other teams in previous deals), you have to think that GM Paul Holmgren will be looking for another defensive piece. I still remember Vancouver GM Mike Gillis chatting before the finals last year and describing how his main goal was to stockpile as many able-bodied defensemen as he could before the playoffs, because it’s a war of attrition and you can never have enough depth on the blue line.
Since captain Chris Pronger is out for the season due to concussion issues, I assume Holmgren will be looking to get even deeper along his blue line. Of course, he’s not alone. Boston will be looking to do the same, as will the New York Rangers.”
Which prompted LeBrun to concur,
“A Flyers source suggested Thursday night that if they can add another defenseman, they would. But no team needs a blueliner more than the Blackhawks, and it hasn’t been from a lack of trying on the part of GM Stan Bowman. He’s been working the phones for a few months but has yet to find the fit. A source told me that the Hawks had inquired about Grossman, but I'm not sure how serious they were about him.
As I said earlier, Gill will help a team this spring. His Cup-winning experience and penalty-killing acumen make him a terrific pickup, in my mind. Hurricanes defensemen Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek are both slated to be UFAs on July 1, and Carolina will likely move both players. Toronto would move Luke Schenn only in the right deal, one that gets them the top-six forward they’ve been looking for. And of course the biggest name of all, when it comes to defensemen on the trade market, is Los Angeles' Jack Johnson. A few team executives told me this week he’s in play, but only for the type of deal that hands the Kings the top-line forward they’ve been craving.”
With seemingly everyone agreeing that the Flyers could pull off another trade before the deadline, it is hard to see the Flyers standing pat right now.
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