The Dreaded Trade Deadline

The Flyers are back in action tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes after what seemed like another painful extended break. We are into the second half of the season and things are starting to heat up around the league. The trade deadline is fast approaching and teams are going to start moving players. I’m not a fan of the trade deadline, usually I think that the players that should be moved never get moved and the players that get moved should never have been moved.  Nobody can really predict what’s going to take place leading up to the trade deadline. Fans will be devastated if their favorite player is moved from their favorite team, they will be upset if they get a player they don’t like and so on but the game will go on. As for the Philadelphia Flyers, there have been rumors floating around that the Flyers are looking for a goaltender. Although Peter Laviolette has stated in the media that they are happy with thier goaltending, logic creeps in and you have to wonder if Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky will be strong enough to carry the Flyers deep into the playoffs. Granted, Boucher and Leighton carried them last season but ultimately the “goal” that ended our chances for a game seven is what remains in my mind. For the most part, Flyers fans also seem to be happy to leave things as they are. Nobody wants to see change when things are going well. Why fix what’s not broken? Of course the ultimate goal is to win a Stanley Cup and I understand that business is business and Holmgren will do what it takes to get the job done. With that said, I still don’t see a great deal of movement within the organization.  There could be some changes to the 4th line if a trade was to occur, the Flyers are a depth team but there’s always room for improvement.  Change is inevitable to any team in this league and whether we like it or not trades are going to happen. It doesn’t really matter what the fans think or predict the team will do what’s best for the team and the future of the organization. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand the reasoning behind a decision to trade a player but there’s reason for everything. So, I will need to brace myself for change and have confidence in the decisions that are being made and that they are being made for the right reasons. There’s a method to all this madness and everyone will be watching closely to see who ends up on which team by February 28th. Whether you are dreading it or looking forward to it, trade deadline is an exciting time for hockey fans!

Karla Garrow

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