Trade Deadline Gone, Roster Set As Flyers Face Sharks
With the trade deadline in their rearview mirrors, the Philadelphia Flyers (34-20-7) close out a four game road trip tonight when they face the San Jose Sharks (32-22-7).
The Flyers were quiet on trade deadline day this season but have not been quiet the last two weeks, adding Nick Grossman and Pavel Kubina to shore up their defense for this season's playoff run.
While most fans waited for some sort of trade from the Flyers, the team erred on the side of caution and did not add a player at the last minute. This team as constructed should have enough talent on its NHL roster to make a competitive playoff run this season.
They have shown in the first part of the season what kind of force they can be when everyone is on the same page.
Paul Holmgren has finally got his roster as close to a balanced mix of veterans and young players needed to survive the salary cap era of hockey, something that did not exist in his playing and coaching days.
In the past the Flyers paid dearly for aging vets to come in around the trade deadline, only to lose in that year's playoffs and in future years as their once owned draft picks are selected at future NHL entry drafts.
This team's management has shown in the past it will do what ever it takes to give their city a competitive team every season.
Holmgren has searched all avenues to do so during his tenure, starting with the salary relief they received by trading Jeremy Roenick and buying out John LeClair, at the beginning of his tenure.
Then trading away draft picks and players for Chris Pronger, then replenishing those by signing undrafted free agents such as Matt Read, Eric Wellwood, Harry Zolnierczyk, Mike Testwuide, Ben Holmstrom and Erik Gustufsson.
While all the moves are not perfect and don't always work out, the Flyers as an organization are not afraid to gamble or take chances.
When they don't workout they correct them just as quickly as they made them, no matter how bad it may look.
This is the two teams lone matchup of the season.
The Flyers are winless in their last 12 meetings versus the Sharks (6 home and 6 away).
Sharks are coming off a 2-6-1 road trip, which ended Sunday night in Minnesota.
Flyers are 4-5-1 in their last ten games.
Iya Bryzgalov stopped 4 of 5 shoot-out shots against Edmonton.
Sharks added two forwards at the deadline, T.J. Galiardi and Daniel Winnik, both expected to be in the lineup tonight.
Flyers have surrenders 25 power play goals at home and 24 on the road.
Flyers are tied with Columbus for the most power play goals allowed (49).
Flyers lead the league in power play goals (53).
Sharks are 5th in the league in power play goals (44).
Look for Pavel Kubina to have a bigger role on special teams tonight.
Flyers sent Eric Wellwood to the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL,NHL roster flexibility).
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