The Philadelphia Flyers were a winner at the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline

The Philadelphia Flyers were a big winner at the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline.
2024 Navy Federal Credit Union Stadium Series - Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils
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They might not have been the Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights, or the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline but the Philadelphia Flyers were winners too.

This team came into 2023-24 with low expectations and has already surpassed them all. This has been one of the Metropolitan Division's better teams all year.

There are a lot of reasons for this unexpected great season but the important thing is taking advantage of it now. They need to do what is best for the future of the club going forward.

Philadelphia is already good at the NHL level but they have tons of elite prospects on the way. As a result, they didn't feel that going all in this year was a good idea. They are probably right.

The Philadelphia Flyers did a great job at the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline

There is no reason to unload the farm or draft picks this season. They are building something special that will last in the long term. If they don't think this is the year with or without acquisitions, it doesn't hurt to just see what happens in the playoffs if they make it.

They made a few depth trades but they didn't do anything that impacts the future of the franchise in a negative way.

The reason they could be considered winners at the deadline isn't just because they didn't overspend to make any additions. It is also because they made one smart "seller" trade that will help them in the long run.

Philly traded Sean Walker to the Colorado Avalanche in a trade that brought back Ryan Johansen. They also got a 2025 first-round pick out of the trade which is remarkable for them.

They put Johansen on waivers right away and he cleared. It is unclear if he will report to the AHL at some point here soon. As long as Colorado isn't a bottom-ten team next year, which they won't be, the Philadelphia Flyers have four first-round picks in the next two drafts.

This is great work by Danny Briere and his staff. They are already showing great signs of becoming a sustained success story in the league with this new management group in play.

As long as they keep drafting well, developing players the right way, and getting results at the NHL level, they will continue to grow as an organization.