For Flyers' Paul Holmgren, NHL trade deadline no big deal

Posted: April 04, 2013

PAUL HOLMGREN is not very fond of the NHL's trade deadline.

Last year, on Feb. 27, hockey's annual frenzy came and went without the Flyers actively participating. The Flyers general manager made his moves in the weeks prior, adding Nick Grossmann and Pavel Kubina.

The year before last, on Feb. 28, 2011, the Flyers barely snuck a trade under the 3 o'clock wire with Tom Sestito joining the crew from Columbus.

For as much as there is a perception of the Flyers making franchise-altering trades at the deadline, there have only been two since 2000: Dan Carcillo for Scottie Upshall in 2009 and nearly an entire draft's worth of picks in 2002 for playoff rental Adam Oates.

Expect the Flyers to continue that trend on Wednesday, which could shape up to be one of the most quiet trade deadline days in recent memory, with so few big names on the market. All trade calls must be established with the league office by 3 p.m.

The Flyers' market took a significant hit on Tuesday when San Jose dealt forward Ryane Clowe to the Rangers for three draft picks. The Flyers were in the mix for Clowe, but were not a finalist among Vancouver and New York. Clowe chose the Rangers using his no-trade clause rights.

Other potential Flyer targets, including Jaromir Jagr (Boston), landed elsewhere. Somehow, Las Vegas has the over/under on number of trades Wednesday at 16.5.

Internally, the Flyers do not see themselves as "buyers" at the deadline. Any move made by the team will be to acquire a younger, impact player (perhaps a defenseman) who can be signed to a long-term deal and be part of the fabric of the future. Any additional help in the present, with the Flyers four points back of a playoff spot with 13 games to play, would simply be a bonus.

On the flip side, the Flyers have few tradable assets - other than their young core, which Holmgren has made clear is not moving - to sell at the deadline. Danny Briere (concussion) has a no-trade clause in addition to his injury. Max Talbot (broken leg) may be out for the season.

Most deadline days are exhilarating, watching the future of a franchise potentially change with a few phone calls and signatures on a contract. For the Flyers, that potential change isn't likely to come until the offseason.

No 'Ghost' yet

According to a source, the Flyers do not have plans "at this time" to try and convince top defensive prospect Shayne Gostisbehere to leave college early and turn pro.

Gostisbehere, 19, wrapped up an incredible sophomore season for Union (N.Y.) College on Sunday in the NCAA regional final. He compiled 26 points in 36 games from the blue line and helped Team USA capture a gold medal in the World Junior Championships in Russia last January.

Gostisbehere was the Flyers' third-round pick in 2012. 

Thorn of Rosehill

Bruiser Jay Rosehill arrived in Philadelphia in time for practice on Tuesday, his first with the Flyers since being acquired via trade from Anaheim in exchange for Harry Zolnierczyk 1 day prior.

Rosehill, 27, has spent the entire season with AHL Norfolk, but he has 18 fights on his career card. The Flyers were in the market for extra beef in the lineup, which Rosehill is expected to provide on Thursday night in Toronto, against a Maple Leafs team that leads the league in fighting majors.

Coincidentally, Rosehill has played all 72 of his NHL games for the Maple Leafs.

"I've played against this team and organization for a long time," Rosehill said of the Flyers. "I've always liked their style of play, and it's good to be in their jersey now and hopefully I get a chance to get in soon and play their style of hockey. I'm happy to be one of those guys."

Slap shots

Defenseman Kurtis Foster was placed on waivers on Tuesday. Clearing on Wednesday would provide the Flyers the option of sending him to Adirondack if necessary, though not required . . . Defenseman Nick Grossmann wore a non-contact jersey and participated in practice on Tuesday. He is still listed as "day-to-day," out since March 18 with an "upper-body" injury . . . Tye McGinn is likely to replace Max Talbot (broken leg) in the lineup on Wednesday. Don't be surprised to see Zac Rinaldo receive more penalty-killing time . . . Former Flyer Jaromir Jagr will return to Philadelphia with his new team, Boston, on April 23.

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