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Link Checks 2/28/2012

As of 3:00 yesterday afternoon, there will be no more NHL trades.  Flyers GM Paul Holmgren “likes the direction we’re heading in and didn’t want to do anything to disrupt that,” so he didn’t make any changes (TCL Flyers).  It was a good choice by Holmgren and the rest of the Front Office gentleman wearing the suits (All Day NHL).  

They were smart to not give away valuable youngsters with a whole lot of potential (SBNation Philly).  One of those young guys who was very relieved to not be traded was James van Riemsdyk (CSNPhilly).  By not dealing JVR, the Flyers gave him a huge opportunity to prove what he’s worth (Orange and Black Pack).

There was just one move but it wasn’t a trade.  They Flyers placed Eric Wellwood on waivers.  Usually a demotion isn’t something to take interest in, but there was some big implications for making this move (The Hockey Guys).

Of course when talking about the young guys, you’ll think of the minor league teams: The Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans.  They both played on Sunday, but unfortunately couldn’t both come out victorious.  The Titans were at home, where they fell to Elmira by a score of 3-1 (TCL Flyers).  The Phantoms however were winners.  They were also home, and they beat Syracuse 4-3 (Post Star).

Unlike the Flyers, the Nashville Predators made several trades (Yahoo! Sports), and are going with a ‘Cup or Bust’ mindset for the remainder of the season.  Many are considering them the winners at the deadline (RLD Hockey).  Kostitsyn and Gaustad are two big-namers they acquired, and each comes with their own value (Crimespree Hockey).  While they were winners, so was one other team.  There was also the losers of the deadline as well (RLD Hockey).

The trade deadline is gone and in the past now, though, and there’s a hockey game tonight.  With their roster set, the Flyers will be in San Jose to face off against the Sharks (TCL Flyers).  Something they really have to improve is their penalty kill, and they are dedicated to that (CSNPhilly).  They’ll have to improve that, and definitely their goaltending, if they want to hang with the big bad Bruins and the New York Rangers (CSNPhilly).

The Rangers vs the Devils was the top game of the night, and showed that the Atlantic Division is among the toughest in all of sports (GCobb)...

 
  GP POINTS WINS LOSSES OTL
1. Image preview 61 86 40 15 6
2. Image preview 62 77 36 21 5
3. Image preview 61 75 34 20 7
4. Image preview 62 74 35 23 4
5. Image preview 62 60 24 28 8

In a playoff-like atmosphere, the game was full of intensity.  It was very chippy, especially in the 2nd period when there were 11 penalties handed out.  Amidst it all, Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers shutout the Devils and won 2-0 with an empty net goal (NY Daily News).

The Devils didn’t make any moves at the deadline (The Star-Ledger), but their rival Blueshirts did.  They went a defensive route, and acquired 6’8” John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks (The Rangers Tribune).  He adds a physical presence to the blue line and a positive locker room influence (NY Daily News).  They didn’t add Rick Nash, and many were shocked.  It was a smart move on the Rangers’ part, though (The Hockey Guys).

They’ll both have the night off, as will the Penguins.  Just like the Flyers and Devils, the Pens stood pat at the deadline (The Checking Line).

The Islanders will be in the United States’ capital city to battle the 31-26-5 Washington Capitals (TCL Isles).  The Islanders have won the first two games in the season series, but the Capitals are looking for their first three-game winning streak since mid-January.  The Isles made just one minor trade; nothing to get excited about (TCL Isles).

FLYERS' NEXT THREE OPPONENTS

@ SJ  Tuesday 2/28
vs NYI  Thursday 3/1
@ WAS  Sunday 3/4
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