NHL Rumors: Flyers Wise to Pass on Paul Gaustad

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 27, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 04:  Paul Gaustad #28 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 4, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. The Sabres defeated the Islanders 4-3 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The trade deadline gave us little in the way of mammoth deals and surprising marquee names being traded. One deal that never was proved the Philadelphia Flyers are not about to risk the future for an uncertain present. 

The Washington Post reports the Nashville Predators have found a great deal of help and depth for their team in former Buffalo Sabres center Paul Gaustad

The Sabres are five points shy of a playoff spot, and Gaustad is set to be a free agent this summer. Getting rid of him for a shot of youth delivered in the trade was a no-brainer. 

For some teams, such a trade would have made no sense and proved detrimental to what may be a glorified leasing of Gaustad. 

CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio reports the Flyers were close to getting Gaustad themselves. Only, the price may have put a serious question on the future of their franchise.

NSH coughed up 1st rounder for Gaustad which I felt was high. Glad Flyers agreed

— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) February 27, 2012

The Flyers are in the middle of the playoff pack in the Eastern Conference, sitting in fifth with 75 points. After solidifying up the defense in recent weeks, there was no need to ship a perfectly good first-round pick for Gaustad. 

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren stated as much. Via CSN Philly

We like our team. We like the direction we're heading and we didn't want to do anything to disrupt that.

A couple weeks ago, we felt we lacked some things on our back end because of the absence of Chris [Pronger]. We addressed those issues without giving up anyone off our team.

Gaustad will no doubt give Nashville a boost with his seven goals and 10 assists in 56 games this season. The Predators have been all or nothing lately, making them one of the busiest movers and shakers at the trade deadline. 

The deal makes sense for the team that is going all in for something truly special this season. The Flyers are hoping momentum and slight tweaks will be enough for the final push. 

If not, they still have the prized draft to guarantee the future is bright.