Philadelphia Flyers

Flyers Trade Rumors: Why the Flyers Dodged a Bullet by Not Trading for Rick Nash

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 03:  Rick Nash #61 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates up to a face off against the Phoenix Coyotes during NHL game at Arena on April 3, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Blue Jackets 2-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Joe FitzhenryCorrespondent IIJuly 23, 2012

The title of this article may seem a bit misleading to some. 

After all, the New York Rangers just completed highway robbery of the highest degree in acquiring Rick NashAccording to Katie Strang of ESPN New York, the Broadway Blueshirts have agreed to a deal that will bring Nash to the Big Apple in exchange for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, prospect Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round pick. 

Enough about the actual deal though, it's time to discuss why the deal just wouldn't have been worth it for the Flyers

Don't get me wrong, Nash is an extremely talented scorer; but Philly already has one of the best offenses in the NHL; and Columbus GM Scott Howson was asking for the world in return. 

According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly, Howson wanted some combination of Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier along with a number of other players. 

Couturier, 19, and Schenn, 20, are some of the best that this organization has to offer: why give them up for a guy who has likely reached his peak production? 

Nash, 28, has seen his numbers decline every season since 2008-09; that's not what you want from someone who you are about to commit to for the next six or seven years. 

In fact, just this season 24 players had more goals than Nash, and 58 players had a higher point total than one of the NHL's highest-paid players. 

As I mentioned earlier, the Flyers already have one of the NHL's most productive offenses. That won't change just because they didn't get Rick Nash. 

Claude Giroux is an absolute stud; Scott Hartnell may not be able to match the 37 goals from 2011-12 but remains very productive; and there's a ton of young talent to work with as well. 

The loss of Jaromir Jagr alongside Giroux hurts, but there are certainly some capable replacements on the roster. Some of that aforementioned young talent are Matt Read and Jakub Voracek. 

Read led all rookies in goals last season with 24, and playing next to a world-class playmaker like Giroux would only help those numbers even more. 

Meanwhile, Voracek hasn't even come close to reaching his ceiling and has the playmaking ability to one day rival that of Giroux. 

Getting back to the main point of this article, Paul Holmgren was very wise not to pull the trigger on a deal for Rick Nash. 

There are only so many ways you can say why exactly Philly dodged a bullet on this one, but the point I'm trying to make is that all teams need to take a look at the big picture before agreeing to a blockbuster deal. 

Philadelphia is built to win for years to come, and blowing up that foundation to acquire that flashy name just isn't worth. 

Look at the last two Stanley Cup winners—neither Boston or LA has a whole lot of flashy names on their roster. Instead, they are filled with hard-working guys who can be just as productive. 

In the end, that's what can win you a championship. 


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