What? Did you expect the Philadelphia Flyers to blow up a team currently sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings in order to to mash a big name player onto their roster at the NHL Trade Deadline yesterday?
In the days approaching the February 28 Trade Deadline, Paul Holmgren tweaked his roster instead, adding toughness and depth to the Flyers organization.
To the Mullet Points!
* In the moments approaching the deadline, Philadelphia sent prospect Michael Chaput (2010 third round selection, No. 89 overall) and Adirondack Phantoms forward Greg Moore to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for power forward Tom Sestito.
Sestito has two goals, two assists and 64 PIM in 13 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He will be assigned to the Adirondack Phantoms.
What was The Hockey News' analysis of Sestito when he was selected by the Blue Jackets in the third round (No. 85 overall) of the 2006 NHL Draft?
"Hulking winger with third-line potential, though he's more likely to play a role on the fourth line at the highest level."
Where does it get awkward? Again, per The Hockey News:
"Down the line, GM Doug MacLean may envision Sestito as a replacement for long-time enforcer Jody Shelley. Of course, MacLean hopes Sestito can play an even bigger role with the Blue Jackets, but don't bet on it."
Of course, the prevailing theory amongst the Philadelphia hockey media is that if Sestito replaces anyone on the Flyers roster next season, it will be Daniel Carcillo.
In other words, don't go spending Shelley's $1.1 million cap allotment in your fantasies as thoughts eventually turn to 2011-12.
* Philadelphia made a more significant transaction in the days leading up to the trade deadline when the Flyers plucked defenseman Nick Boynton from re-entry waivers on Saturday.
The acquisition of Boynton was a depth move by the Flyers in advance of the playoffs. He is projected to be No. 7 on the Flyers blue line depth chart.
In my opinion, the addition of Boynton is a significant upgrade over the depth the Flyers had on their defensive unit last season, considering Philadelphia was short on physicality in their series against Chicago.
Boynton brings another tough, physical presence to the Flyers defense.
In 49 regular season games with the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks in 2009-10, Boynton registered 64 hits and 59 blocked shots.
In 41 games with the Blackhawks this season, Boynton totaled 50 hits and 74 blocked shots.
This is significant when considering Lukas Krajicek, Ryan Parent, Oskars Bartulis and Danny Syvret combined for 108 hits and 158 blocked shots in 149 games in 2009-10.
Of those players, only Bartulis remains in the NHL—mostly as a healthy scratch—playing just 13 games this season before the team placed him on LTIR with a shoulder injury.
By all appearances, the Flyers have stiffened their blue line as April approaches.
* RANDOM: over the last five NHL seasons, the Flyers are 1-4 in games played the day before the Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival.
Maybe that explains their 4-1 loss to the Binghamton Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
* REALLY RANDOM: NHL Trade Rumor Chieftain "Eklund" is planning to release an album with Flyers National Anthem singer Lauren Hart.
Per Adrian Dater at SI.com:
"According to figures from Google Analytics obtained by SI.com, on Feb. 22, Hockeybuzz.com had 350,295 unique visitors and 1,172,220 page views. From Jan. 24 to Feb. 23, the site generated 7,067,017 unique visits and 22,997,841 page views. Eklund is so hot that plans have just been finalized for him to cut an album with Flyers game-night singer Lauren Hart, a project tentatively titled "Eklund and Hart."
Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.
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