It wasn't too surprising that Philadelphia Flyers
general manager Paul Holmgren
opted to stand pat by the time Monday's trade deadline rolled around.
Holmgren is confident the acquisitions of defensemen Pavel Kubina
and Nick Grossman in the week leading up to deadline day is just what coach Peter Laviolette
required to keep the team on course for a fifth straight postseason appearance.
"We just felt more comfortable with our team the way it is, and quite frankly, since we've added the two defensemen, we've all felt that way," Holmgren said in a conference call from the Flyers' training facility in Voorhees, N.J., on Monday afternoon. "We believe we have to play better, but all the coaches like our team, too, so we're happy to move forward. It's a crazy day for us here and for all the players around the League to go through that, because you never know what's going to happen. But now that it's over, I think you just march ahead and get on with winning some hockey games."
The Flyers are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference with 34 wins and 75 points -- two behind fourth-seeded Pittsburgh. They finish a four-game trip swing in San Jose on Tuesday after sandwiching wins in Winnipeg and Calgary around a 2-0 loss at Edmonton.