Flyers Trade Picks for Grossman
Around 5:45 p.m., Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Philadelphia Flyers traded a second round pick in this year's draft and a third round pick in the 2013 draft to the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Nicklas Grossman.
The two picks used to bring in Grossman were acquired in trades the team made this offseason; the second round pick was gained from Los Angeles in the trade for Mike Richards and the third rounder came from the trade that sent Darroll Powe to Minnesota.
The defenseman comes with a $1.625 million cap hit that will expire at the end of the season. He will be an unrestricted free agent.
The 27-year old Swede will bring some size to the Flyers blueline. Grossman is 6-foot 4-inches and weighs 230 lbs.
He is somebody the team had been looking at for a while.
“He’s a guy that we’ve talked about over the last few weeks,” Paul Holmgren said. “He’s a bigger body, a good, solid defensive defenseman. He can kill penalties for us, play a regular shift. He’s just a guy who can chew up minutes.”
Grossman is a physical defender who isn't afriad to throw his weight around. Prior to joining the Flyers, he was third amongst Stars defenders with 96 hits.
Many have wondered what the Flyers would do to bolster the defense, and the first and possibly only domino has fallen.
However, they won't close the door on the possibility of future moves.
"This is a crazy time," Holmgren said when asked about future moves. "There are a lot of converstations going on and you never know what might come up."
With this move the team is now at the 50 contract limit. If the team is interested in adding another player they will have to trade a player to do so.
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