Well the trade deadline has come and passed.
The Flyers only managed one transaction yesterday, and that was to send defensemen Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins.
Philly picked up d-man Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders on the eve of deadline day so a move with their current roster almost certainly was to be made. At first I was a bit underwhelmed by the lack of activity form the Flyers front office, but after I took a moment and let the excitement die down from all the rampant rumors and speculation I have to admit there really wasn’t too much more they could’ve or should’ve done.
Yeah, I would have liked them to maybe move on from Steve Downie, but with the way he has been playing the past few weeks I couldn’t imagine there would be many takers on him.
Would I have liked to have seen them make a splash and sign one of the other bigger named defensemen rumored to be on the market? Yes and No. Yes, I believe we have to upgrade the unit more than what is there already, but I wouldn’t want to if the cost was to be too great. That leads the Flyers to the direction they went.
Is Andrew MacDonald an upgrade to what was already there? I would say that he is in a way. He has good mobility and usually stays in good position which can attest for his league lead in blocked shots. Is he the number one defensemen that the Flyers sorely lack? No. He is a good second or third paring d-man and I could see him re-signing before free agency unless his contract demands are crazy. Plus there really isn’t much in the form of free agents they could go after on defense after this year is over so re-signing him should be somewhat a priority.
So that leads us to the current roster after deadline day. It is not vastly different than it was opening this season. That is not to say that the Flyers don’t or didn’t already have the talent to make it to the post season and do some damage once they get there. If they stay committed to playing more team defense, keep their feet moving, and learn a bit more discipline they have the players on this team to make a serious run this year. If they fail to make the playoffs, or even bow out in the first round, there will be some major changes on the horizon come draft time (June 27-28).