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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. 

His physicality isn't limited to the hitting game. Grossman led the Stars in blocked shots with 100. Considering the Flyers defensive worries, he will be a welcomed addition at a good price.
He only has five points this season, but thats not something the Flyers are worried about. 
“He’s not a guy that will put up a lot of points,” Holmgren said. “ I think he’s really going to give us a boost in our own zone and get us out of our zone quickly. He makes a good first pass. He’s not a guy that will put up a lot of points. He’s developed over time in Dallas, and he’s still a good, young player. We’re excited to have him.”

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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SwiftOnSports's picture

Hopefully Grossman will go a long way toward making the crease a less friendly place for opposing shooters to roost. Since Pronger went down, it's seemed like no one in the current D-Corps was willing to throw a bow here or there; and Grossman appears to be that guy.

Also, this is a relatively cheap move. A second next year, and a third the year after seems like a pittance given the last few years of trading away multiple firsts. The Flyers, with their slew of talented young stars, are in a good position to remain competitive for the foreseeable future. It'd be a mistake to go all in for a big name right now, and mortgage that future.

Aside from that, there is still a slight chance Pronger returns next year. I'm not holding my breath, but there's still that chance. It'd be wise for Homer to wait for the offseason, and for Pronger's prognosis, before pursuing a guy like Weber, or Suter.

Given it all, I like this move. It's not a Headline making move, but it's a smart one. Kris Versteeg was a Headline making move, and we all remember how well that worked out.

Mark Trible's picture

I think you're exactly right, Swift. This wasn't a glamorous move, but one that needed to be made nonetheless. With a cheap tag and a couple picks going the other way, I doubt many are upset with this deal. One less thing to worry about on the ice for the Flyguys