Tuesday, February 22, 2011
NHL Trade Deadline: Philadelphia Flyers
Last year the Philadelphia Flyers needed a shootout win over the New York Rangers on the last day of the regular season to get into the playoffs. From there, they went on a surprising run as a No. 7 seed to the Stanley Cup Final where they ultimately lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. It's been a bit of a different story this season as they've been one of the best teams in the NHL from day one, and head into the week leading up to the trade deadline as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, in complete control for home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
They have one of the deepest groups of forwards in the NHL (already four players with at least 50 points and a fifth, Ville Leino, with 40) and a strong defense anchored by Chris Pronger and Kimmo Timonen. The front office has invested large chunks of money in impact players, so the cap situation is going to limit what general manager Paul Holmgren can do to tinker with his squad.