The man on the left, Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, is a very smart man. He led the team to the Stanley Cup Finals two seasons ago and has made his franchise a contender for the past three seasons (including this one).
This year started well. He had acquired the star goaltender that would end all the worries for the franchise in Ilya Bryzgalov, an aging super-sniper during the year in Jaromir Jagr and a gritty forward in Maxime Talbot.
He had replaced his major loss, Ville Leino, and the Flyers were slated to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference easily.
Despite solid team play, the Flyers season hasn't gone completely according to plan. Jagr's and Chris Pronger's injuries, Bryzgalov's poor form (to be generous) and a recent drop in the performances of the fourth line, the Flyers found themselves looking for a hulking body for defensive insurance.
This deal is great for the Flyers in many ways, but what does it mean for the league?