Flyers have small window to make a deal to improve team

The clock is ticking. The puck drops on the Stanley Cup playoffs in 78 days.

For Paul Holmgren, one foot is in a frying pan and the other one is in a pressure cooker. The next 6 weeks leading up to the March 5 trade deadline could make or break his tenure as Flyers’ general manager.

It just so happens that Holmgren will have to navigate the toughest trade-deadline situation any general manager has seen in the NHL’s nine salary-capped seasons.

The one piece the Flyers so desperately need – a legitimate, No. 1 defenseman – is unlikely to be readily available at the deadline. Any team coveting one is already either firmly in the playoffs or within striking distance of a spot.

According to league sources, the defensemen available right now are such names as Florida’s Mike Weaver or Colorado’s Ryan Wilson. They are more like rental stopgaps, not contender gap closers.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20140128_Flyers_have_small_window_to_make_a_deal_to_improve_team.html#yC7EGeuuOZol4SRe.99

The one piece the Flyers so desperately need – a legitimate, No. 1 defenseman – is unlikely to be readily available at the deadline. Any team coveting one is already either firmly in the playoffs or within striking distance of a spot.

According to league sources, the defensemen available right now are such names as Florida’s Mike Weaver or Colorado’s Ryan Wilson. They are more like rental stopgaps, not contender gap closers.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20140128_Flyers_have_small_window_to_make_a_deal_to_improve_team.html#yC7EGeuuOZol4SRe.99

The one piece the Flyers so desperately need – a legitimate, No. 1 defenseman – is unlikely to be readily available at the deadline. Any team coveting one is already either firmly in the playoffs or within striking distance of a spot.

According to league sources, the defensemen available right now are such names as Florida’s Mike Weaver or Colorado’s Ryan Wilson. They are more like rental stopgaps, not contender gap closers.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20140128_Flyers_have_small_window_to_make_a_deal_to_improve_team.html#yC7EGeuuOZol4SRe.99

The clock is ticking. The puck drops on the Stanley Cup playoffs in 78 days.

For Paul Holmgren, one foot is in a frying pan and the other one is in a pressure cooker. The next 6 weeks leading up to the March 5 trade deadline could make or break his tenure as Flyers’ general manager.

It just so happens that Holmgren will have to navigate the toughest trade-deadline situation any general manager has seen in the NHL’s nine salary-capped seasons.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20140128_Flyers_have_small_window_to_make_a_deal_to_improve_team.html#yC7EGeuuOZol4SRe.99


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