Today is a good day for the Flyers, and not just because they crushed the Sabres last night 7-2. Which was awesome, and warranted wearing my jersey to my classes today. Anyway, this is not the only reason it’s a good day to be a flyers fan. Over the past week or so, actually a lot longer than that, the Flyers have been going through their normal season slump. Is it just me or do they have a period in the season where this always happens? Because that’s what has been happening, and a lot of fans have been making the normal complaints, not enough defense and goaltending situation not up to par. I feel bad for goaltenders, I sincerely do, because Philadelphia is never going to be lenient on goalies.
Be that as it may, I’m not trying to start that debate up again, but the Flyers really were in desperate need of a good defensemen. It was getting to the point, that fans were willing to give up a good forward to get a defensemen, because they have a lot of good goal scorers, but not enough guys that are willing to block shots.
So the flyers organization was obviously noticing this issue and listening to fans gripes about the lack of wins, so they finally did something about it and got a new defenseman. Today the team has acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars for a second round draft pick in the 2012 draft and a third round rick in the 2013 draft. So at least the team didn’t have to get rid of a beloved player. Although many fans were upset about Carter and Richards, and in the end that seemed to be for the better. At least towards the earlier part of this season.
So who is Grossman and what can he do for the Flyers? Being on the east coast, sometimes we don’t really get to know the Western Conference players until they play in the East or during the playoffs, when we get to see them in more action. Grossman has been in the league since 2004, when he was drafted and has played the majority of his tenure with the Dallas Stars. Well so far he’s blocked 100 shots in 52 games with the Stars this season, and was leading the stars in this stat before being traded to the Flyers today.
Grossman skated with his new team today, which mostly means that Coach Laviolette is thinking of putting him in for tomorrow’s matinee game against the pens. I think I’ll make my decision on his acquirement after I see how he fairs on the ice as a flyer.