By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The 3pm trade deadline came and went, and the Flyers you see are the Flyers you get.
Rumors swirled about the Flyers acquiring Rick Nash (Columbus Blue Jackets) in a deal involving James Van Riemsdyk, but Nash stayed put. The Flyers were just one of the teams rumored to have been discussing Nash with Columbus, with the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks also said to be interested.
Many also wondered if the Flyers may try to do something about their goaltender situation, even though they signed Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million deal after trading for him before the season. TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted that the Flyers were offered San Jose goalie Antti Niemi in exchange for Van Riemsdyk, but turned it down.
The Flyers did trade for two defensemen in the last two weeks, Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman. It will be up to them to try and fill the void created by the loss of Chris Pronger.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with the Flyers beat writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sam Carchidi, to get his thoughts on the Flyers quiet deadline day, how Grossman and Kubina have fit in, and what the trade deadline looked like for the rest of the league. Listen to the interview:
The Flyers will return to the ice Tuesday night in San Jose to skate with the Sharks.
Do you think they should have made a trade for Nash or someone else? Let us know in the comments.