Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren’s message to his team was very clear. He wasn’t about to break up his line up.
At today’s much-hyped annual NHL Trading Deadline, he proved he is a man of his word.
“Last year there was a point in the season where I wasn’t going to do anything and I told them again this year,” said Holmgren. “I can’t remember when it was exactly, I wasn’t going to disrupt things. I like our team, so I actually feel good about that.”
FLYERS GM PAUL HOLMGREN
Only one minor league deal was reached as the Flyers acquired Tom Sestito
from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Phantoms’ forward Greg Moore and their unsigned draft pick from 2010, Michael Chaput.
Sestito has spent most of the career with the club’s AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, where he has 32 points (11G-21A) in 46 games while racking up 192 penalty minutes, which ranks fifth among all AHL players. He also appeared in nine games for the Blue Jackets this season, contributing two goals and two assists and recording 40 penalty minutes.
Beyond that, the Flyers acquired two players well before the deadline to improve their squad, bring it depth, and ultimately what they feel to win it all.
“As I’ve said all along, we like our team,” said Holmgren. “We made our moves in the summertime with the players we’ve added through free agency and the trade we made for Versteeg, and then the waiver pick up the other day for Nick Boynton. I think we did what we felt we needed to do and we’re ready to go.”
Holmgren’s approach is much of what the NHL saw on deadline day. It was the lowest number of trades made since the year 2000, with a total of 16 trades, 35 players on the move and 16 draft picks exchanging hands.
“Very,” said Chris Pronger
when he was asked if he feels confident on not making a move on deadline day. “I think we’ve made a few moves here in the last few weeks to add some depth and solidify our position and for us it’s looking forward and looking at what we need to do to be successful and that is to win the Stanley Cup.”
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette ultimately agrees and with his team now set, he is prepping his players for the last push of the regular season. More importantly he wants to make sure they’re firing on all cylinders heading into the NHL’s “second season” in April.
“We’re thinking about the work we have to do and the playoffs. Today was a good day and we a lot more of those this month,” added Laviolette. “We need to make sure we’re hitting at the end of the year and that we’re in shape and charging hard.”
Charging hard is exactly what Laviolette drilled into the minds of his team today with an hour-long practice with a lot of conditioning drills.
“It’s a little more challenging. We have to make sure we go to work,” said Laviolette. “You either do the work or you don’t do the work. You have to take it to the next level and another gear, that’s the bottom line.”
FLYERS DEADLINE DEALS OF THE PAST
Meanwhile, we dug through the archives and went through the last five years of deadline deals in Flyers’ history. Take a look at what the Flyers have done and feel free to comment below.
Latest Chatter: 3:31 p.m. ET
Pending NHL approval, the Flyers will have picked up Tom Sestito
from the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for Greg Moore & Michael Chaput. Sestito will report to the Adirondack Phantoms.
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Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren will address the media at 3:30 p.m. to comment on the NHL trade deadline coming and going without any roster moves by 3 p.m.
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CONFIRMED that 3:02 p.m. ET:
The NHL Trade Deadline has come and the Flyers are not making any roster moves by the 3 pm deadline.
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2:49 p.m. ET:
With officially 11 minutes to go, nothing on the Flyers front. Below are some other deals being reported from news outlets, another involves a former Flyer in Ryan Potulny
The LA Kings have acquired Dustin Penner from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for (D) Colton Teubert, a 2011 1st-round pick and a conditional 2012 3rd-round pick.
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired (D) Chris Campoli and a conditional 7th-round pick from the Ottawa Senators for Ryan Potulny and a conditional 2011 2nd-round pick.
The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired (D) Bryan Allen in exchange for (F) Sergei Samsonov, who goes to the Florida Panthers.* * *
1:13 p.m. ET
No movement on the Flyers's end, however there are several reports of a former Flyer on the move:
Scottie Upshall will be heading to the Columbus Blue Jackets with Sami Lepisto, while Phoenix gets Rostislav Klesla and Dane Byers in the exchange.OTHER SIGNIFICANT TRADES
The Florida Panthers have traded veteran forward Radek Dvorak and a 5th-round draft pick to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for forwards Niclas Bergfors and Patrick Rissmiller.
Florida then sent (D) Dennis Wideman to the Washington Capitals for prospect forward Jake Hauswirth and a 2011 3rd-round draft pick.
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All quiet on the Eastern front...
2009-10 Mar. 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
Similar to this season, the Flyers made their deals well in advance. 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.
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.
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 Feb. 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
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.