I wrote an article a few hours ago about Shea Weber and the potential of him being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. While it seems unlikely, anything can happen. We've seen crazier trades before, so it shouldn't come as any shock that they would at least kick the tires with Nashville.
However, about an hour ago I heard the Flyers may already be kicking the tires with another team—the Dallas Stars.
Dallas lost a ton of offensive talent last year, trading away James Neal and letting Brad Richards walk in free agency. If the playoffs started today, Dallas would make it in with the eighth seed, but I'm sure most people in the Stars' organization aren't content with that.
Eklund from Hockeybuzz.com confirms that the Flyers may indeed be talking with Dallas in regards to defenseman Nicklas Grossman:
"More and more, I'm hearing that the guy Philly will target is Dallas Stars' defenseman Nicklas Grossman. While he's not a big name around the league, Grossman brings a solid physical presence and is pretty reliable in his own end of the ice. He can routinely give a team 16-18 minutes per game of good defensive hockey. When healthy, he's the type of player a team can put in the lineup and "forget" about."
Eklund also makes a good point by saying Grossman is in the final year of his contract extension, which sees him getting paid a very cap-friendly $1.625 million.
But I can't seem to agree with Eklund that Philly would target such a low-key player.
Yes, it would make perfect sense for the Flyers. Grossman's cap hit is easy to take on, and Philly probably wouldn't have to give up an arm and a leg to acquire him. A high enough draft pick might even do the trick.
But let's not forget the reason the Flyers are in the market for a defenseman to begin with: They lost their captain,—one of the most notorious, grittiest and meanest players of all—Chris Pronger.
What do you think about the Flyers acquiring Nicklas Grossman?
If Philadelphia really is indeed targeting Grossman, I'm not so sure I'm all in.
I'm sure he'd help out and play a solid defensive game, but when you're trying to replace a presence like Pronger, I think you have to do better than Nicklas Grossman. That's not to take away from Grossman; he is a great defenseman, and I agree with Eklund when he says he can give a team, "16-18 minutes per game of good defensive hockey."
I'm just not quite sold on this whole situation yet. I think the Flyers are going to need to do better than Grossman if they want to be taken seriously once the playoffs roll around.
As always, I'll keep you up to speed on whatever happens, and I love to hear from my readers, so please feel free to send me some feedback!
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