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2012 Deadline Day

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The 3 p.m. trade deadline has come and gone with the Flyers making no significant moves announced Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

"We received some calls about a few of our players with some scenarios that we talked about, but nothing really made sense for us either in the short term or the long term," said Holmgren.

"I think we stated all along that anything we do needed to make sense both ways for us and nothing really came up. We made our moves a couple weeks ago and I think adding size and experience on defense that we were looking for with the absence of Chris Pronger for the rest of this year, we felt good with our group."

Historically speaking, the Flyers have not always made last-minute trades on the day of the deadline. This year was no exception.

The Flyers did acquire a pair of defensemen in Nicklas Grossman (Feb. 16) and recently Pavel Kubina (Feb. 18) to bolster their blueline for a tough stretch run to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Although the Flyers didn't make any moves with teams around the NHL, they did loaned forward Eric Wellwood to their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms today.

The Flyers will see first hand what the results of deadline day yield when they face off against the Sharks on Wednesday. The Sharks picked up forwards Daniel Winnik and T.J. Galiardi earlier and will face the possibility of seeing both players in the lineup in time for the  7:30 p.m. PT puck drop.

Below are some of the past (the last 10 years to be specific) deadline deals in Flyers’ history. Take a look at what the Flyers have done and feel free to comment below.

2010-11: February 28
The Flyers made their splash two weeks prior to the deadline when they acquired forward Kris Versteeg from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 14. In exchange, the Leafs acquired the Flyers' 1st & 3rd round pick later that summer. 

The only deal the Flyers made the actual day of the deadline was acquiring forward Tom Sestito from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Greg Moore & rights to prospect Michael Chaput.

2009-10: March 3
The Flyers were as silent as can be on the NHL Trade deadline, not making any major or minor trades. The following day (Mar. 4), the Flyers signed three junior players to NHL Entry-level contracts (Eric Wellwood, Luke Pither & Shane Harper).

The Flyers made their deals well before Mar. 3. On Feb. 6, they acquired Ville Leino from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for (D) Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a 5th round pick in 2011.

2008-09: March 4

The Flyers major deal on deadline day ’09 was acquiring Dan Carcillo from the Phoenix Coyotes, in exchange for Scottie Upshall and a 2nd round pick in 2011.

ALSO, the Flyers sent their 6th round pick in 2009 to San Jose for (D) Kyle McLaren, but the trade was later nullified as McLaren failed a physical examination.

2007-08: February 26

Although officially NOT on deadline day, the resurgent Flyers made a splash by acquiring an old aquaintance in Vinny Prospal the night before (Feb. 25). The Flyers sent (D) Alexandre Picard and a 2nd round pick in 2009 to Tampa Bay for Prospal.

Around the same time the Flyers made two other acquisitions: on Feb. 20, the Flyers received a 3rd round pick in the 2009 Draft in exchange for (D) Jim Vandermeer. The pick in 2009 turned out to be goaltender prospect Adam Morrison.

The Flyers sent a 3rd round pick in 2008 to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for (D) Jaroslav Modry.

2006-07: February 27

Perhaps no other year is important around trade deadline day than 2007.  Struggling as the NHL’s worst team, this time of year completely transformed the team that would go on to the Conference Finals a year later.

On the actual day, the Flyers got (G) Martin Biron from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2007.

On the day prior (Feb. 26), the Flyers acquired(D) Lasse Kukkonen and a 3rd round pick in 2007 (later Garrett Klotz) from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Kyle Calder.

Feb. 24 was another turning point in Flyers history. The Flyers acquired (D) Braydon Coburn from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for (D) Alexei Zhitnik.

A full 12 days before the deadline, the Flyers made headlines. Philadelphia traded away one of the most premier players in the League in an effort to rebuild its franchise.

On Feb. 15, the Flyers sent Peter Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent and a 1st round pick (which was later traded back to Nashville) and a 3rd round pick (which was later traded to Washington) in 2007.

It is this traded that later paved the way for the summer acquisitions of current forward Scott Hartnell & defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

2005-06: March 9
The Flyers sent forward Josh Gratton, two 2nd round picks in 2006 (one acquired from Florida & another acquired from Tampa Bay) to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for (D) Denis Gauthier.

The Flyers also sent their 3rd round pick in 2006 to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Niko Dimitrakos.

2003-04: March 9
The day before the deadline, our very own radio color analyst Chris Therien was traded. Therien was sent to the Dallas Stars for Phoenix’s 8th round pick in 2004 and Dallas’ 3rd rounder in 2005.

Also, Rick Kozak and 2nd round pick in 2005, which was later transferred to Atlanta, who chose goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, was sent to the NY Rangers for Vladimir Malakhov.

Although not on deadline day, the Flyers did make a move of significance in the weeks prior. Jim Vandermeer, Colin Fraser and LA's 2nd round pick in 2004 were sent to Chicago for Alexei Zhamnov and Washington’s 4th round pick in 2004.

2002-03: March 11

Philadelphia's marquee deal came the day before the deadline. The Flyers sent Guillaume Lefebvre, Atlanta’s 3rd round pick in 2003 and 2nd round pick in 2004 to the Phoenix Coyotes for Tony Amonte. Amonte would go on to score 68 points (27G-41A) in 93 regular season games and 15 points (4G-11A) in 31 playoff games.

The Flyers did another deal two days earlier on Mar. 9. A 5th rounder in 2003 went to the NY Islanders for Claude Lapointe.

A week shy of the deadline, the Flyers sent draft picks (4th rd in '03, 7th rd in '04) to LA for Dmitry Yushkevich.

2003 was also the year that the Flyers acquired forward Sami Kapanen from the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 7, well before the deadline.

2001-02: March 19
On deadline day, the Flyers made a big splash by acquiring forward Adam Oates from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Maxime Ouellet, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick in 2002 to Washington for Adam Oates.
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