While the Flyers are in Boston, getting set to take on the Bruins in what is a moderately important game to stop the Flyers’ two-game losing streak, General Manager Paul Holmgren will remain in his office in Philadelphia, continuing his quest to make a deadline deal by tonight.
Almost every rumor that leaks about a deadline deal has the Flyers tagged onto it. Whether it be for a goaltender (Ilya Bryzgalov, Kari Lehtonen or Dan Ellis) or defensemen (Derek Morris, Jay Bouwmeester or Chris Pronger), or even a forward (Bill Guerin?), one thing is for sure, the Flyers are in the hunt for something.
However, most deals mentioned don’t make sense financially for Philly, which needs to shed salary as opposed to take it on. The Flyers are currently $500k over the cap, which means any deal would have to be of identical cap value or the Flyers would have to give up players who make more money to get someone who makes less. And taking on salary is not something the ‘sellers’ typically want to do.
My prediction is that the Flyers WILL make a move if it is available. Holmgren has worked far too hard and the Flyers have come up far too often to be kept out of the auction. However, if the Flyers do NOT make a move, it is not due to lackluster effort on their part part, but a stingy market and low budget teams who charge more than Holmgren would want to give, like prospects Claude Giroux or Luca Sbisa.