I don't think anyone should be surprised at how little the Flyers did as the trade deadline came and went.
They upgraded on defense. They moved Andrej Meszaros, who they weren't going to re-sign this summer.
They didn't get Shea Weber. No one did.
You didn't seriously think they were in the Ryan Kesler sweeps did you? That was a ruse to drive the price up on Pittsburgh and Kesler never moved, anyway.
They retained their assets for another run at a major defenseman this summer. GM Paul Holmgren openly alluded to that, as well.
“I still believe you really try to put your team in place during the summertime,” Holmgren said as the trade deadline passed without a major deal.
“If you make an additional at the deadline it has to be an upgrade. That is what we were looking to do this year.”
He said the club will try to get Andrew MacDonald, who was acquired from the NYI on Tuesday, re-signed but he needs some time to adjust.
Essentially, the Flyers are trading Meszaros' salary for MacDonald's future salary. I know he MacDonald was asking a lot from the Isle but I believe that might have been because he wanted GM Garth Snow to trade him to a club that will be willing to pay big bucks. We'll see.
“It was one of those things,” he said of the Islander situation when I asked him this morning.
“It seemed like something [contract] wasn’t going to get done for a while. I was anticipating [a trade], but once you get the call, I was kinda shocked. But I’m happy it was Philly.”
Want to be a Flyer long term?
“Such a great team and organization, you would have to be open to a team like this,” he said.
“They’re really skilled team and tough team to play against. They are very physical and good in all facets of the game. It’s exciting to join this team.”
MacDonald plays with Luke Schenn tonight against Washington.
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