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.