It remains to be seen whether the Philadelphia Flyers will wait it out until the trade deadline to make a move, but if history suggests what could happen in the future, it may not be too much longer before the Flyers make a move.
John Boruk of CSN Philly recently backed up the claim by pointing out recent acquisitions the Flyers have made prior to the trade deadline, rather than on the day itself. He points out that the Flyers have acquired the likes of Jaroslav Modry, Vaclav Prospal, Dan Carcillo, Ville Leino and Kris Versteeg in recent years.
He also states that he feels confident in something I've been talking about a lot lately, acquiring Shea Weber.
I know that Eklund may not always be a reliable source, and can often report some out-of-this-world trade rumors, but if you piece some information together, you begin to understand what direction the Flyers may be leaning toward right now.
Eklund is reporting that the Flyers and Hurricanes are currently in trade talks; this doesn't surprise me in the least considering the fact that I've also been reporting that the 'Canes will make a move soon.
So, who could the Flyers be interested in?
Well, I've already made it pretty obvious that Tim Gleason is a guy I'm sure Philadelphia would like to acquire, but the Flyers may have other options outside of Gleason.
A name that I haven't brought up much lately is that of Joni Pitkanen, a former first round draft pick by the Philadelphia Flyers. He was drafted fourth overall in 2002; although he's sustained some injuries recently, he could still be a valuable asset to their blue line.
Would Joni Pitkanen be a welcomed addition?
Then we have more inexpensive options, such as Bryan Allen or the newly acquired Jaroslav Spacek. All of them are pretty solid options. Any of them would offer the help and experience the Flyers desperately need on defense right now.
While my gut tells me the Flyers will most likely go after Tim Gleason, I can't help but think how cool it would be to see Joni Pitkanen back with the team that originally drafted him back in 2002. It could be a great thing for both Joni and Philadelphia fans. I'm sure there's still a part of him that has love for Philly.
We'll have to wait and see what the Flyers do, but it appears that we may not have to wait until the trade deadline to see the Philadelphia Flyers make a move. That's not really Paul Holmgren's style.
So, what would you think about adding Joni Pitkanen to this Flyers roster? Would he bolster the blue line? Or would he just be another liability?
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